5 aspects to consider before selecting an FTTH provider

The telecommunications industry is growing at an unprecedented pace, with new technologies and interfaces emerging daily. In fact, the fiber optic cable manufacturing industry grew by 11.8% over the last half decade. Telecom operators and integrators around the world are pushing forward with ambitious plans to establish a backbone network for their data transmission services. To achieve this, it will be necessary to partner with a reliable FTTH provider.

What is FTTH?

Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is a type of bandwidth that is implemented by installing optical fiber from a central point (nodes) directly to individual buildings such as homes, offices, apartments and factories. In this way, people can enjoy higher Internet speeds through fiber optics compared to current technologies. Below we will answer five key questions that will help you determine the most appropriate FTTH provider to partner with for the implementation of this service.

1. What is the existing fiber infrastructure in the market?

A large part of the network implementation budget is spent on hardware purchases, such as cables and other network components. You may also have to split the installation fees with the FTTH provider. However, it is possible to minimize labor, material and installation costs by leveraging other operators’ existing fiber infrastructure. It is advisable to ensure that your hardware can integrate seamlessly with the fiber network it will be incorporated into. Otherwise, you could run into problems and spend a lot of your time troubleshooting and fixing faulty connections.

What is the size of your FTTH network project?

Depending on the plan you are going to develop, you will most likely need an FTTH provider that can handle a project of the scale and size you require. Determine if the fiber network already installed by the FTTH infrastructure operator suits your needs. If you plan to deploy several developments in parallel, make sure your vendor can handle the size of your project. Establishing multiple compilations in different designs will help you take advantage of economies of scale, thus reducing your overall implementation costs.

3. Are there any regulations related to FTTH services?

Each jurisdiction, local, state and federal, has regulations that could affect your project. Learn well all the issues related to legal matters and acquire a thorough knowledge of permits, easements and all locally required documents before starting the plan. It is also necessary to understand the fiber optic cable standards and codes acceptable in the specific region where you will be performing the work. Executing your project with an experienced local FTTH provider can help you get through the approval process faster, thus accelerating the successful deployment of your network.

4. Can the network be easily integrated with an existing, more developed network?

As FTTH connectivity grows, competition in individual markets is also increasing. You will likely find it necessary to change your current FTTH provider and ensure that the infrastructure you install can easily integrate with other existing fiber network architecture, allowing you to grow and expand your business.

5. Do you have a qualified workforce to implement your FTTH infrastructure?

You will definitely need a highly trained team to achieve a correct network deployment from the FTTH provider’s nodes to your customers. You may need to invest in high quality training and education for your technicians to perform installations competitively. Alternatively, you could choose to outsource the services to a fiber developer that specializes in installing this particular type of infrastructure, with enough experience to make your project successful and of high quality.

A reliable FTTH provider

FTTH network development is an excellent way to ensure optimal high bandwidth speeds for your customers. You will most likely need to invest your time in researching and identifying the most suitable FTTH provider to partner with. UFINET is a neutral fiber optic operator with more than 75,000 km of optical fiber laid in 17 countries in Latin America and North America. We also provide layer 3 connectivity and direct connectivity to the cloud. Call us today for more information or contact us.

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