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Fiber broadband networks have joined transportation networks, the electric grid, and water supply networks as necessary infrastructure components that ensure a community’s meaningful participation in the 21st century economy.

Communities all across the globe and their broadband provider partners are actively evaluating the best approach to wire their community for the future. Without question, the preferred approach and the one that holds the most promise for the future is bringing fiber to every premises in that community.

The benefits of fiber-based networks are well documented. The benefit of choosing deep fiber networks goes beyond just the best broadband experience and the economic opportunities that it enables. It also includes the ability for a community to build its best technology infrastructure one time, preparing it for whatever the future may bring. That’s a tremendous advantage. One that will last for decades to come.

Build it Once
Historical technology infrastructure strategy for any given community could include multiple interconnected networks, including copper or coax networks feeding homes and businesses. Add mobile networks, which in addition to their air interface, use a combination of wired and wireless transport solutions. The result often resembles an independent, complex and expensive interconnected network of networks to achieve a technology foundation. We can now do better. Much better.

Communities now want a single network infrastructure that is the foundation for all technology. Fiber infrastructure –which can enable all other technology requirements- is the preferred choice. FTTP delivers ultra-broadband capable service, ideally to every home and business within the community.

Fiber infrastructure is also the foundation for mobile broadband. Fiber-fed access points that leverage either 4G, 5G or Wi-Fi technology, make mobile ultra-broadband experience possible. Without deep fiber infrastructure, wireless networks depend on legacy technologies for backhaul and fronthaul, delivering a sub-par mobile broadband experience. Lastly, the thousands, or even millions, of sensors needed to deliver on the promise of the smart city will need fiber infrastructure to truly deliver on the promise of connected communities.

The choice is clear – build it once and leverage it several times over for whatever technology requirement a community may have. A fiber foundation offers tremendous flexibility in this regard. Fiber network operators have the flexibility to employ different protocols and different end electronics to meet whatever technology demand exists. Whether it’s utilizing wave-division multiplexing (WDM) on an optical transport network (OTN) segment for 5G transport or employing NG-PON2 to meet both home and business enterprise needs from a single fiber, operators can maximize their broadband opportunities.

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