Managing Fiber Connectivity in Service Provider Networks

James Donovan_new James Donovan April 25, 2016

Fiber_SmallFor a moment, let’s consider three important characteristics that make a successful service provider in today’s competitive global market:

  • Lower operation costs
  • Greater reliability and flexibility in service offerings
  • Quicker deployment of new and upgraded services

Service providers continue to build out high-bandwidth networks around the world. These networks use a great deal of fiber connectivity—the medium that meets both their bandwidth and cost requirements.

Deploying fiber is not enough. A successful fiber network also requires a well built infrastructure based on a strong fiber cable and connectivity management system. Management of the fiber connectivity has a direct impact on network reliability, performance and cost. It also affects network maintenance and operations, as well as the ability to reconfigure and expand the network, restore service and implement new services quickly.

A strong fiber connectivity system provides bend radius protection, cable routing paths, cable accessibility and physical protection of the fiber network. If these concepts are executed correctly, the network can deliver its full competitive advantages.

All four aspects directly affect the network’s reliability, functionality, and operational cost. Five new courses were launched by the CommScope Infrastructure Academy covering different fiber connectivity options and how they can be deployed and installed.

  • The FOSC 450 Fiber Splice and FOSC 600 Fiber Splice closures are used in many applications, including direct burial, below grade in hand-holes and man-holes, above grade in pedestals and aerial poles and stands.
  • The Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH) 3000 hub and products organize and administer fiber optic cables and passive optical splitters, providing rapid connectivity in outside plant networks.
  • This Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) plug-and-play solution includes the multiport service terminal (MST) that are environmentally-sealed outside plant plug-and-play fiber optic terminals providing a point for connecting subscriber drop cables.
  • The Optical Distribution Frame (ODF) solution delivers the crucial elements of fiber cable management. Applications include central offices, data centers, switching centers, cell sites and more.

When you think fiber, you need to start thinking about your fiber knowledge. That’s where the CommScope Infrastructure Academy can help.

About the Author

James Donovan_new

James Donovan

James Donovan is Vice President of the CommScope Infrastructure Academy. James joined CommScope in 1993 and has held positions in Sales, Technical, Marketing, Training and Business Development and served most recently as VP of Digital and Creative Services for CommScope. James oversees the CommScope Infrastructure Academy, which is CommScope’s partner and customer training platform. Prior to joining the company, he held positions at GEC, ITT and Alcatel. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and a BSc Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.