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Higher-speed access through FTTC

Driving bandwidth closer to the end user

As the number of broadband services continues to expand and the bandwidth required by those services continues to increase, carriers are challenged to keep up with last-mile capacity demands. Traditional copper DSL solutions, like ADSL2+ and VDSL2 are reaching their capacity limit, which is greatly impacted by the length of the DSL copper loop.

The solution to this challenge, known as fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), is to push fiber deeper into the network to shorten the loop as much as possible, specifically for deployments where fiber-to-the- home is cost prohibitive. Like the cable/ MSO fiber deep initiatives, FTTC leverages the reach and bandwidth advantages of fiber to shorten the copper loop to the point where tens or even hundreds of Mbit/s are possible.

Having the right tools and processes to deploy, test, characterize and monitor this fiber plant is critical to the success of FTTC initiatives.