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What is Fiber to the Edge (FTTE)?

What is Fiber to the Edge (FTTE)?

Fiber to the edge, or FTTE, is an architecture for local area networks (LAN) that uses optical fiber to bring data to the edge of the network. At the edge, the network interfaces via ports or wirelessly through cellular or Wi-Fi with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like cell phones, laptops, security cameras, machine-to-machine controls, building management systems, automated guided vehicles, etc. and the applications that support them.

Who should use a Fiber to the Edge architecture?

Who should use a Fiber to the Edge architecture?

FTTE is ideal for businesses that need high capacity and flexibility in their network. Optical fiber delivers the high bandwidth, low latency, reach, and flexibility required to meet the demands of developing applications, like next-gen Wi-Fi, high-availability A/V, and 5G within a single building or across a large campus.

How does Fiber to the Edge work?

Like every enterprise IT network, an FTTE-based LAN is comprised of active optical (e.g., routers, switches, etc.) and passive optical (e.g., cables, connectors, etc.) components.

In a traditional enterprise LAN IT architecture, data is transmitted either entirely by copper or through a combination of a fiber backbone plus copper to the edge, requiring equipment closets, or IDFs, throughout the network. An FTTE architecture is fully optical, with optical fiber carrying all data transmission. This allows the network to operate from a central equipment room, or MDF, eliminating the need for IDFs. The extremely high bandwidth enabled by an FTTE architecture makes it possible to wirelessly operate many edge devices, reducing the need for individual wiring and porting.

Power for an FTTE-based LAN can be supplied using separate copper electrical wiring or using composite cabling which contains both fiber and copper. This approach provides both data and power to the edge, or POE, directly to devices like wireless antennas, cameras, point of sale, etc., at distances beyond 100 meters (328 feet).

An FTTE-based LAN can be controlled using traditional, decentralized hardware options or via software. A software-defined LAN consolidates all system data, making it available on a computer or mobile phone screen, also known as a “single pane of glass” interface. This allows the network to be monitored, controlled, and updated virtually.

Benefits of Fiber to the Edge (FTTE) for Enterprise IT Networks

Benefits of Fiber to the Edge (FTTE) for Enterprise IT Networks

  • Extremely high bandwidth and low latency
  • Increased security
  • Reduced complexity
  • Lower installation and lifetime cost
  • Space efficiency
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Power over distances beyond 100 meters (328 feet)
  • Scalability for a variety of building and campus sizes
  • Flexibility for the future

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