A fiber optic (glass or polymer) network enables users to overcome the limitations of traditional copper cable communications networks.
Gigabit-passive optical network (G-PON) architectures support ultra broadband and low latency communications.
Latency, the speed at which communications take place, is the decisive parameter for the networks of the future. For example, rapid data transfer makes it possible to implement self-drive AI systems for cars or drones, or to manage safety on building sites and work areas to ensure the rapid provision of fundamental services, thereby enhancing our wellbeing and safety.
There are several kinds of fiber optic networks:
- Fiber To The Home (FTTH): the fiber optic connection starts at the telecom operator’s central office and goes all the way to the user’s home. This technology offers the best performance.
- Fiber To The Cabinet (FTTC): the fiber optic connection covers the section from the central office to the street cabinet, while the final connection from the cabinet to the home uses copper cables.
- Fiber To The Tower (FTTT): the fiber optic connection links the primary telecommunications network to the cellular network towers.