(Following the Engineering KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll just break it down, simple and easy!)
To start off with, fiber optics starts off with the 4 major areas during its life-cycle in the telecom industry namely:
– Fiber layout: The physical layout of fiber optics across geographically uneven space and terrain is encapsulated in the Survey and Engineering layouts under the Greenfield survey report and analysis.
– Fiber installation: The physical layout of fiber optics installation service provided by many telcos around the world is a choice between how the various network service providers decide to lay it out. One way is to manually go through confirmation and decide who gets what, where and how. Various factors influencing this decision are as follows:
o Number of Telecom Equipment vendors
o Types of cables and bandwidth used
o Types of services provided over fiber (example: Voice, Video, Data, VOIP)
o Types of terminations used for the fiber.
– Fiber Maintenance: Maintenance of Fiber depends on the Fiber Installation steps. The way you install is pretty much the way you maintain. Since Fiber is not like copper that one can have problems with analogue signals, fiber makes it simple, either one has the service not, there is no grey area involved. As simple as the Boolean 0Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s and 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. Nothing to worry about in-betweens.
As one could imagine, first step is relatively simple compared to the complexity for the second and third steps. Fiber maintenance is complicated and around the world, billions of dollars have been invested to build/find/maintain a suitable system that would maintain fiber and give a concise, unified view of the fiber layout by the telecos that have invested in laying the fiber.
As an evidence surely many of the readers might have read about the famous SBC-Microsoft venture to launch a fiber hybrid network maintenance system which failed to meet the deadlines twice in the United States back in 2005.
In my next post IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll highlight the different varieties of Fiber networks to choose from which might meet the requirements of some telcos interested in laying/planning their fiber.