Ways to Solve the MDU Challenge of Deploying Fiber to the Subscriber

Conference: Kommunikationskabelnetze - 18. ITG-Fachtagung
12/13/2011 - 12/14/2011 at Köln, Deutschland

Proceedings: Kommunikationskabelnetze

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Knuth, Thomas (Corning Incorporated One Riverfront Plaza Corning, NY 14831, USA)

The business case of today's fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments is often greatly influenced by the ability to deploy fiber effectively to the end user living in multidwelling units (MDUs). Reaching several customers by installing a single-fiber network for the whole building is surely attractive to obtain a quick ROI. However, there are some critical considerations to be made before the deployment starts and various challenges to overcome once the build-out has started. This paper will review the main factors influencing the decision to choose the right MDU architectures. It will describe key lessons learned from recent global deployments and provide tools that have been developed to make key decisions correctly from the beginning. These tools have proven to be successful in improving the MDU business case.