Last_Mile_SigneMany service providers have legacy copper cableinfrastructures. Today, they are striving to provide commercial services for small and medium-sized businesses as well as enhanced broadband services to residential subscribers. With limited CapEx and pressure to reduce OpEx, providers are searching for a logical upgrade path that is not possible with just copper cables and is not expensive with a fiber overlay.

Coax and twisted pair copper cables, while adequate for today’s needs, will eventually be challenged to deliver all the bandwidth needed for future services. Let’s face it; more bandwidth-hungry devices are tapping into the networks, with no end in sight. However, fiber is expensive to deploy unless it’s needed immediately. A solution is needed that installs easily, provides an upgrade path and minimizes upfront and Day 2 costs. Industry experience designing and constructing FTTx architectures have shown a consistent inability to estimate the consumers’ insatiable desire for bandwidth and a subsequent underestimation of fiber required in the last mile.

Multiple media installations using coax along with fiber and/or microducts under one sheath provides them with a simple solution with an upgrade path for future growth. This solution provides design flexibility allowing for deployment of coax now or later with fiber deployment now or later. Installing the pathway postpones the expense of the media in the pathway (i.e., fiber until it is needed). This solution allows providers to perform construction once, keeping property owners happy and avoiding multiple construction permits and minimizing OpEx.

OSP_Expo_Hall_PresentingIf you are a service provider wanting to capture more business services or satisfy the demanding needs of residential customers, you might want to consider the E2O® solution. It provides design flexibility for installing coax now or later, fiber now or later, and empty microducts for initial or later jetting of microfiber cables.

I will be presenting this solution during OSP Expo in Baltimore on October 2, 2014 at 8 am EDT. My presentation “Last Installation for the Last Mile” will explain the cost trade off of additional initial material costs vs. projected future aerial and buried installation costs. Economic, construction, installation analyses and microcable component design are discussed in detail. I hope you will join me in Baltimore. 

About the Author

David Hall

David Hall is a global solutions manager within the Enterprise division at CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Located in Claremont, North Carolina, he manages the team responsible for growth of fiber solutions and pre-terminated solutions, as well as expanding thought leadership in data center architectures and applications.

Mr. Hall joined CommScope in 2005 as global product manager for fiber cables, where he was responsible for product management of CommScope fiber cables sold throughout the world. As fiber applications manager, he and his team aided customers when expertise in fiber optic applications, design, product identification, and product positioning was required. While holding the position of manager of application design services within the Global Services Business Unit, his team provided infrastructure design and engineering services for CommScope Enterprise customers as well as high level pre-sales technical consultation services for the CommScope sales team.

Previously, Mr. Hall worked for Corning in various roles including product development, product management, technical support, marketing and applications engineering. He holds the designation of Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), holds several patents in the field of fiber optics and has authored several articles in industry publications.

Mr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas.

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