Track 2: FTTH/FTTx Networks

Broadband Deployment Challenges – The Way Forward

August 16, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Paul Schultz

BICSI – 1 CEC, ETA – 3 CEC’s

Moderator – Paul Schultz, Vice President, Data Center, Cloud & Infrastructure, KGPCo

FTTH/FTTx is the critical vehicle in delivering ultra-high-bandwidth solution to the consumer. However, we are seeing an increasing trend where there is a strong demand of extending the fiber to the enterprise desktop. Workforce availability and expertise is a challenge today, with most service providers needing experienced personnel to build the fiber networks. This not only includes traditional Tier 1 carriers but also non-traditional service providers all competing for the same workforce/resources. A combination of aerial (using existing right of ways) and underground installation techniques will be the most cost effective (and most speedy way) of extending the fiber network to the consumers. Having a combination of different installation techniques (aerial and underground) can leverage a wider pool of labor force.

When demand outweighs supply as the industry forecast tells it will, end to end efficiencies in all aspects from costs, resources, material management, and logistics are all critical to maximize the work performed while minimizing time lines. Carriers need to consider deployment models that leverage a partner’s ability to source material and store nearby to deployment markets, leverage distributed workforces to minimize downtimes and costs, and take advantage of local presence to stage and kit technology prior to delivery to program location. Finally a critical component is to take advantage of market intelligence, work with industry veterans that are pivoting with the market and leveraging the latest techniques to deliver service faster and better.