Hexatronic in Optical Connections Magazine
02 Feb 2018
Read the article in Optical Connections about Hexatronic's presentation at the ECOC exhibition, about the challenges in the FTTH- buildout around Europe.
EUROPE'S MASSIVE FTTX ROLLOUT DEMANDS NEW METHODS AND SOLUTIONS
At the latest ECOC exhibition in Gothenburg in September 2017, Swedish fibre optic technology company Hexatronic described its latest FTTx deployment innovations in a Market Focus session entitled “Massive FTTx- rollout around Europe demands new solutions”.
The digital transformation is a great change a ecting the entire world
and the global fibre optic network is
the foundation for this change to be realised. Since many governments
have understood the importance of digitalisation and the great value it brings to each country, the goals are highly ambitious in terms of time and the amount of installations needed.
It is important to keep up the pace and establish further fibre optic networks to bring the advantages of digitalisation to people and communities. In addition
to this, the implementation of 5G is just around the corner, which will drive the need for high capacity fibre networks.
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
When it comes to the goals for digitalisation and all planned projects around the globe it has become a race where very few countries want to take the risk of being left behind. It is a huge challenge to install fibre to households and other facilities, especially as the European FTTH- market is booming and there are a huge amount of households that are due to be connected.
Together with 5G, equipment for smart cities etc, the need for fibre installations will be huge. To meet the expected and demanded time plans and price frames, it is necessary to find new, more e cient solutions and smarter methods for installation, especially since a lot of the facilities are not easy to reach.
The tight timetable has a great
impact when it comes to choosing design, material, methods and partners. Everything has to be right from the start, there is no time to make the wrong decisions or too many mistakes. This huge rollout can only be done once. Therefore it must be done correctly.
Since the volumes are massive and the time very limited, everything in this “eco system” must be handled with these aspects in mind. Every decision will have great consequences. As a supplier you have a responsibility to your customer and the society to do everything you can to solve this situation. That means in practice that the products you o er must support high quality standards to make sure the networks last for many years. To bring value to all stakeholders, the products must also be e cient to reduce the installation time as much as possible.
During the presentation at the ECOC exhibition we gave a few examples of what Hexatronic has done to help the situation.
The first example illustrated how thinner micro cables with improved characteristic can reduce cost for material, installation, handling and transportation.
We have developed a 192-fibre cable with standard 250 micro fibre and an outer diameter of only 7,9mm. The cable
also has significantly improved blowing performance – both length and speed. We gave examples of improvements that can be made compared to using a traditional cable. Since the new cable has improved blowing distance by 25% and enables use of thinner micro ducts, costs can be reduced. By using thinner ducts it is possible to save time and money in more than one way. During the presentation we estimated possible savings in percentage for each and every one of these costs.
We also gave an example of a new e cient method for install fibre to individual households. We compared a traditional installation method with the solution where you use a single fibre with pre-mounted connectors in both ends. That solution together with our improved blowing tool, o ers the possibility to save time and money.
Even if the material cost is slightly higher, the installation time can be reduced by up to 90%. The last example we gave was of a new fast and cost- e cient method to install wi-fi antennas, cameras and similar equipment which all depend on a reliable functioning network.
If we all do our best to improve methods and solutions, it will help to reach the European digitalisation goals in time, hopefully also at a reduced cost and as sustainable as possible. Since these projects are huge, each saving makes a big impact. It is our shared responsibility to make it happen.
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