Emtelle International Business Development Manager, Colin Kirkpatrick, launches brand new webinar on “8 ways to Capitalise and Save Costs on FTTH Provision”.
When it comes to deploying FTTH in Europe, one of the highest costs in FTTH roll-outs is the Civils elements of digging up the sidewalks, roads and drops to the home. Unfortunately, many years ago, a number of areas around Europe did not have enough ducting installed in the ground to cater for the FTTH networks that are being installed today, or cables were buried directly in the ground to save on some capital investment.
To save on digging up sidewalks and roads again in the far future, operators, large and small need to invest intelligently in what they put in the ground, so they maximise the asset that they decide to bury under the ground and get maximum revenue from either selling it in the future, leasing fibre / dark fibre or leasing duct space. This adds to the value of their network meaning that a smartly installed network can be worth a lot more in the future.
A metre of fibre costs €0.10,
A metre of 32mm duct costs €0.80,
A metre of trench costs €16.00.
Planning what ducts you put in the open trench and provisioning for fibre capacity for now and the future has never been as important as in 2017 and onwards.
When you look at Fibre provision, there are many options you can choose for a network and these have varying costs for each product, but it is important to look at the overall costs for FTTH past and connected, including all installation costs and future maintenance costs. Having this figure of total cost is important to any network operator. This changes from country to country and also changes depending on the ground types, house types and skill sets. More importantly, revenue only comes when you connect a home, so home connections have to be quick and easy to connect and maintain.
When choosing an FTTH solution, it is important to look at the following fundamentals:
- Will there be a fibre shortage in the future, can I still install a scalable network in the ground to meet initial demands without compromising fibre provision in the future
- What fibre count do I need to install in the feeder networks on day 1 and what do I need in the future.
- Can I have inbuilt flexibility incase there are network or design changes in the future (ie change from PON to P2P)
- Now do I make best use of existing Infrastructure
- Can the customer drops / lead to cash be easily installed without high overheads
- Are there ways to reduce prices on the civils aspect that does not increase prices on other parts of the build
- How can I make sure that my network is as future proof as possible at a reasonably low investment?
- Do I have a dedicated pathway to each home meaning I can easily maintain and add new fibre when the time comes?