Track 1: Core/Legacy Networks

Deploying Gigabit Connectivity to the MDU


August 15, 2018 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

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Jerome Day

BICSI – 1 CEC, ETA – 3 CEC’s

Millennials Bobby Bit and his wife live in apartment 4C on the fourth floor. To meet their lifestyle they are looking for an unmatched broadband experience. Service providers today have realized that high-ARPU subscribers living in Multi Dwelling Units (MDUs) are demanding Gigabit-based services. These device enabled subscribers can and should be served using a combination of both old and new technologies and infrastructure types. Unlike delivering Gig services to the traditional SFU, connectivity to, and the ultimate goal of “fiber to the MDU” (FTTM) to deliver the speeds required present unique hurdles and challenges for the next-gen service provider.

This session will review the factors influencing the decision to choose the right MDU deployment technologies along with key lessons learned from recent deployments. Along with fiber, technologies like G.fast, VDSL2, and G.hn that leverage CAT3, CAT5, or even coax, will be reviewed. While solutions that reduce cost should always be evaluated, meeting competitive time to market demands may also be a key factor in determining the optimal solution.

Key aspects of delivering a FTTM solution will include:

  • Technology overview with rate/reach performance data
  • OSP fiber options to MDU
  • Service capabilities delivered in an all fiber and hybrid FTTM deployments
  • Key industry and operational trends.
  • Don’t treat MDU residents as 2nd class subscribers.
  • Leverage fiber along with other solutions to remove constraints that exist in the MDU and keeps subscribers from the broadband experience they crave.

Rolling out “fiber to the MDU” (FTTM) and offering Gigabit-based services certainly doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. In this session an understanding of the key approaches, hurdles, and rewards  to deploying FTTM will be explored, thus enabling service providers to capitalize on this largely untapped broadband subscriber base.