Powered Fiber: the Fact File

How many times has the deployment of high-definition cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots or small cells for cellular networks been a major problem for companies?

The need for connectivity and mobility has led to the development of innovative solutions. With the internet of things (IoT) penetrating every corner of daily life, IT and operational technology (OT) managers still have many challenges ahead. Cellular, security and Wi-Fi networks are some examples of technology that needs to be improved to expand their coverage and create efficient connections with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) devices. For this reason, simplifying the installation of these devices and optimizing their performance is one of the main challenges for network operators.

Another common problem is the feeding of PoE devices at distances greater than 100 meters defined for a structured cabling network. To meet this challenge, a good option is to deploy a system consisting of hybrid cables containing copper wires and fiber-optic cores that feed power and data to PoE extender devices, thus extending the network coverage indoors or outdoors up to a distance of 3 kilometers. “Powered fiber” , as it is known, has therefore become a key technology in the deployment of enterprise and campus networks around the world.


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