November 1, 2013

Gimme Fiber Day on 4 November – Driving forward global fiber optic telecommunications

A day in celebration of fiber optics – with its Gimme Fiber Day the FTTH Councils Global Alliance brings the positive impact fiber optics have made and are making on worldwide telecommunications to the forefront of public attention. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and atesio GmbH have now developed FTTX-Plan, a planning system for the cost-optimized development of fiber optic networks - presenting a window of opportunity for worldwide growth in fiber optic connectivity.

FTTX-Plan supports the strategic decision-making processes of city network operators and new local providers in the development of fiber optic based broadband networks by enabling them to calculate the best low-cost alternative. In moves which are often associated with high investment and great risks, FTTX-Plan gives operators solid financial planning security.  

Advantages of FTTX-Plan at a Glance 

  • Automatic planning processes
  • Precise cost estimation
  • Optimal use of existing infrastructure
  • Minimum risk in decision-making
  • Comparison of alternative development concepts
  • Identification of attractive development areas
  • Support in detailed planning 

Cost-optimized broadband networks – Real-world planning models with FTTX-Plan 

FTTX-Plan has already been successfully used for development planning for a whole county. In the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Fraunhofer HHI has computed the costs of bring fiber to 60,000 homes. A number of different development models were compared and contrasted, enabling, for instance, automatic selection of the best distribution point sites. Finally, FTTX-Plan was used to identify the lowest cost variant of a FTTB and FTTC development plan. “FTTX Plan didn’t just help us identify the best development alternative – it also gave us real planning security and an accurate cost projection –  all in the shortest possible time,”  says Jens-Peter Baden, broadband coordinator for the district of Plön. 

Comparative studies were made for a housing association on bringing fiber connectivity to all the homes in an apartment complex. This involved taking careful account of a wide range of factors such as comparison of different technologies, identification of the best PoP sites, differentiation between private and public routes and factoring in reserve fiber cables. The various specifications and requirements for the future network were mapped by FTTX-Plan in complex algorithms and the optimal development solution was computed.