When one of the largest global broadband companies in the United States began to define the requirements for their FTTH deployment, several items were of particular interest. With plans to deploy a high-speed FTTH network in multiple locations across the U.S., connecting customers quickly and reducing labor costs were a major concern. Upon investigating the architectures and product sets that could mitigate those labor costs, the FlexNAP™ system was identified as a possible solution.
By pre-installing network access points at customer-specified locations along optical cables, then shipping the cable and network access points as a complete system, the FlexNAP system increases the speed of network deployment and decreases the amount of labor needed in FTTH deployments.
To validate the ease of using the FlexNAP system, the broadband company decided to test the product in a small deployment with a mix of homes, MDUs and businesses. After evaluating many factors including the labor savings, ease of installation, aesthetics and delivery timeframe, they determined that the FlexNAP system addressed their concerns.
To date, they have expanded their large-scale FTTH deployment and continue to utilize the FlexNAP system. Their approach shows that defining the network requirements up-front is essential to a successful deployment.