So that they can service ever rising bandwidth demands, network operators are being continuously urged to expand their capacities and to further advance the "last mile" with fibre optic technology.
To support our customers in this project, FTTx technology was integrated into cableScout® back in 2008 and completed only two years later with the automated planning functionality. Since all viable FTTH technologies and architectures sector are covered, data packets can be switched through via active electronics or via passive splitters (PON). Both approaches are supported along with the associated P2P and P2MP architectures.
A FTTH network can be planned either manually or automatically from the central office via the node branch to the connections in the subscriber unit (OTO). In this regard the automated planning function designs the network planning process particularly efficiently since a supply area can be set up automatically within a very short time with the associated calculation of the building, materials and work costs. This means planning phases lasting weeks or even months and their associated costs are a thing of the past.
To start a new planning process, the targeted area where the FTTH project is to be implemented is marked in the map and the system then imports all the associated building and residential information from a stored address database. Once the material to be used has been entered, within a few seconds the system states the material needed for building the project and calculates a corresponding project budget taking existing structures into account.
With the option to perform changes to specifications such as material from other manufacturers, the relocation of a duct connection or the manual adding or removal of house connections, different drafts can be created and then compared to each other.
If a suitable design is found and is to be built the system will automatically create all the residential units, OTOs and splitters required in the buildings, all ducts and speed pipes as well as the cables required according to the specified base data. cableScout® now prints detailed building, connection, layout and splice plans and parts lists (Excel and PDF) which are consulted as a basis for the implementation. Once the planning is completed, the data can be transferred at the touch of a button to the active network and then further administered from there.