Operators take advantage of the latest fibre to copper broadband innovation

Leading operators have recognised the high cost and complexity of deploying fibre for 100% of their network. The biggest challenge is in the final stretch between the telecom pit and the home, where expensive civil works are involved in digging up driveways to deliver fibre all the way to the home.

A growing number of operators are taking a multi-technology approach to broadband deployment, and choosing Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) as a commercially viable alternative in areas where Fibre to the Home or Premises (FTTH/P) is not practical or cost-effective. FTTdp makes use of existing copper lines to deliver superfast broadband speeds and a fibre-like experience to customers. This is achieved using a Distribution Point Unit (DPU) that is installed in a telecommunications pit, or on a pole, in the street outside the house to provide aggregate gigabit speeds when within 150 metres of the premises. The DPU connects fibre from the pit in the street to the existing copper lines to deliver a Gfast 212Mhz connection with VDSL2+ fall-back into the home.

Until now, to bring a service to the premises that is functionally equivalent to FTTH, the FTTdp solution requires both a modem and a reverse power unit (RPU) in the home. Looking to introduce a new level of efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership even further, NetComm Wireless launched a world-first product category – a Network Connection Device (NCD) combining both modem and reverse power functionalities into a single product that is used in conjunction with NetComm Wireless’ DPU.

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