Corning is aiming to speed next-generation deployments of both wireless and wireline technology with a new multi-use platform capable of supporting a mix of network architectures in the same fiber optic backbone.
Rather than requiring costly and time-consuming splicing into the network anytime operators want to add a small cell or fiber to the home, Corning said the new platform enables plug and play functionality via connection points already built into the cables every 1,000 feet. These access points will allow both single fiber and multifiber options, which means operators will be able to use the same network location to deliver a mix of residential, business, wireless backhaul, and other services.
The platform also includes a new local convergence cabinet that is reportedly smaller and lighter than others on the market. The cabinet will house a variety of splitter types and accommodate pass-through fibers. Corning indicated technicians will be able to simply plug in feeder and distribution cables with factory-installed hardened connectors – meaning no field splicing will be required from the cabinet out.
Corning’s VP of Market Development for Carrier Networks Bob Whitman said the offering comes amid a push by carriers to become more efficient as they converge their wireless and wireline networks.
“The whole point here is we’re making it very simple to connect any type of service,” Whitman commented.
According to Whitman, the new platform will offer operators significant cost savings of up to 50 percent in labor and up to 20 percent in total installed cost compared to traditional field-termination methods. That includes a whole mess of time saved – Whitman said installations that may have taken weeks previously will now be able to be completed in hours. Cheaper, easier deployments will come in handy as carriers push to roll out new 5G technologies and services, he said.
“With current mobile demand and new wireless standards on the horizon, the need for easy access and reliable, secure connectivity will continue to surge,” Whitman added. “As the leader in fiber optic networks, we’re expanding our preconnectorized solutions with flexible deployment options that are cost-effective and future-ready. The multiuse platform’s converged architecture is smaller and offers versatile components that can be customized to fit a wide variety of needs.”
Corning’s news comes around two months after it announced a $1.05 billion fiber deal with Verizon. That agreement will see the carrier purchase up to 12.4 million miles of optical fiber from Corning each year from 2018 through 2020 as it aims to “reinvent” its network architecture to boost 4G performance and accelerate 5G deployments.
Whitman said Verizon is one of the customers considering this new platform, and said many others are also eyeing it. Corning has determined this type of solution is the “direction carriers need to go if they want to stay competitive,” he said.
Those interested in learning more will be able to check out the platform at Corning’s booth at 2017 Fiber Connect in Orlando this week.
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