FTTx Why Fiber?? Courtesy Broadband Communities “The Network” • FTTx (Home & Business) utilizes an Active Ethernet architecture. • Network “Core” is comprised of (2) Cisco 9010 ASR Routers providing up to 96Tbps. • CPE (Customer Premise Equipment is Allied Telesis iMG Gateways. • Capacity of network backbone is 40Gbps. • Every fiber connection is at least 100Mbps or 1Gbps to the premise. • • • • Why Active Ethernet? KISS (Keep is simple stupid). Better suited for an “open access network.” Distance limitations can be easily addressed. Bandwidth on the connection isn’t shared. • “Equipment cost are comparable to GPON, though operational costs are higher due to the active electronics in the field. However, these costs will be a small price to pay to achieve speeds cable and telco operators can only dream of.” --Jeff Heyen, Infonetics Research Courtesy Allied Telesis Courtesy Allied Telesis FTTH (Fiber to the Home) • Built our first FTTH project in late 2010 (finished early 2011). • Project consisted of building to 20 rural West Lafayette homes on N 400W. • Speeds offered were 10Mb and 100Mb symmetrical. • Active Ethernet Architecture FTTH-What We Learned • Construction to single-family homes while decreasing, is still expensive. • Support is little to none; using fiber as the medium vs DSL or Cable greatly reduces the complexity. It either works or it doesn’t. • End users extremely happy with service; had no access to highspeed before (dial-up and satellite). Courtesy Broadband Communities • FTTB (Fiber to the Building/Business) What do businesses want from their service providers? • • Reliability/Stability • Excellent Customer Support • Solution Provider High bandwidth options FTTB-What We Learned • Fiber Optics offer a huge increase in reliability/capacity over copper/cable. • Wintek currently offers bandwidth from 10Mbps up to 10Gbps. • Local, personable support has no competition. • Bandwidth needs continue to grow, network improvements and innovations must continue at the same pace. What’s coming...... • • IPTV offerings through partnership with Mulberry Co-Op. Residential MDU (Multi-dwelling Units).