FTTx Networks

We have over a decade of experience testing and analyzing FTTx architectures. You can depend on us to give you an accurate appraisal of your ODN's performance including it's ability to support next generation high-speed PON or Ethernet based technologies.  

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Fibre to the X (FTTx)

A collective term describing different fiber network architectures and where the service connection terminates: Examples include:

  • Fiber to the Home (FTTH)

  • Fiber to the Building (FTTB)

  • Fiber to the Node (FTTN)

  • Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

  • Fiber to the Curb (FTTC)

  • Fiber to the Antenna (FTTA)

 

FTTx usually resides in the Access network also considered “Last-mile” connectivity – it can be deployed using either point-to-point or point-to-multipoint architectures. Point-to-point systems provide a dedicated fiber connection from the provider to individual customers while point-to-multipoint topologies support multiple customers sharing a bi-directional connection using passive optical splitter/s. FTTx can operate various flavors of PON and PTP Ethernet-based solutions, each having very different performance requirements due to wavelength and other factors.

Testing and analyzing fibers in a FTTx/PON architecture is a not a simple task. Different splitter architectures and split ratios have a profound effect on OTDR test parameters and performance – for the unskilled fiber technician, configuring the optimum settings and analyzing the fiber trace is a complex undertaking. Furthermore, testing in a live network versus a newly installed, non-active network presents a very different scenario and challenge. Contact us to learn how we can assist.