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Fiber to the X: Next Generation Services at the Speed of Light

By Mauricio Kenji Takashima - Furukawa Electric LatAm
Country Manager


By Mauricio Kenji Takashima | Country Manager - Mon, 05/02/2022 - 09:00

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The principles of optical signaling and communication are more than 200 years old, going back to Claude Chappe, inventor of the first optical telegraph, or semaphore, to make visual signals throughout France.

Today, the requirements for communication and connection have not diminished since those early years around the world, seeing in the present the need to generate and provide services with an ultra or high speed. 

Faced with this high demand for connectivity, FTTx (Fiber to the x) technologies are a strategic and vital resource for today's needs.

When we talk about FTTx we refer to a solution that has simplified the way the internet is used. Among many enhancement possibilities, this technology offers improved reliability and speed through fiber optics that are more resilient and scalable. So, for people looking for a sustainable, affordable and future-proof network for their office, home or fiber deployment service, FTTx is a high-speed broadband connection with high levels of quality.

With the advent of this technology, you can enjoy excellent connectivity and download large files in a few seconds. For example, FTTx networks offer the dual advantage of higher transmission speeds and lower power consumption.

On the other hand, by moving fiber optics closer to the user, the latest construction, connection and transmission techniques can be fully exploited, reducing the likelihood of bottlenecks in conventional coaxial networks. For this to be feasible, planning and execution must be applied in all phases of the life cycle of the products that make up the solution.

If we talk about advantages, we can immediately list the most relevant:

Connectivity at the speed of light, it is not science fiction.

For example, a fiber optic cable consists of several very thin wires and can be made of plastic or glass. It transmits pulses of light, transferring data at high speed and over long distances with less signal loss. Using this network, you can get very good bandwidth, which allows you to download two-hour high-definition movies in a few seconds. After that, you can watch it effortlessly, without any problem.

Rely on the connection, zero latency.

For example, this technology means that the fiber cable wires are not made of copper material, so there is no possibility of generating external interference or "noise" that could slow down data transmission. In addition, nearby power lines will never create any interference, guaranteeing that nothing will affect the fiber optic network except the destruction of a structure or a physical cut. As long as companies use FTTx, the connection will not drop, and as you watch a series or upload large amounts of data, you will not have any problems.

Cloud access.

Today, more than 95 percent of organizations use the cloud. That is why bandwidth capabilities and fiber internet speed allow faster access for applications and stored data; therefore, this technology eliminates delays in accessing information present in the cloud through SaaS (Software as a Service), improving customer service and also the success of sales representatives. When all information is received on time, delays can be avoided and work is accelerated.

More reliability, more security.

Fiber to the x technology offers multiple reliability advantages that help improve internet connectivity. For example, fiber is stronger than copper and is not susceptible to weather conditions. This fiber is resistant to electrical or human interference, only deteriorating if physically cut. In an organization, unreliable internet connections can generate unforeseen expenses, so if your organization needs to make calls or access various other applications, reliability is another parameter to enjoy and it will only happen with the FTTx solution.


For companies with high demand for data transmission, it is essential to review internet bandwidth. Not all connections offer unlimited connectivity, so you should check availability before contracting it for your needs. The reason is that it slows down and you may experience difficulties. With FTTx you can eliminate delays, slow speeds and avoid pixelated video quality.

Added value

Another relevant factor is that, to get the right communication services, getting FTTH (Fiber to the home),  will help you to improve the value of your home or work environments. According to estimates, it has been found that Fiber to the home services increase the value of a house by up to 3.1 percent, boosting its value by being connected to this service.

Finally, the momentum and increasingly rapid adoption of cloud-based services, smart cities and the advent of 5G technology are just some of the obvious reasons why low latency, high-bandwidth fiber optic networks have become the medium of choice for operators and consumers.

FTTx networks provide the infrastructure through which all current communication modes can achieve extensive capacity and systematic connectivity, which greatly expands not only their scope of action in quality but also opens up new business possibilities for companies that intensively adopt FTTx technologies.

Furukawa recommends "PRECON" (plug-and-play) solutions, which carry the names  of  EZ!Grow or EZ!Star for FTTx networks. These solutions, combined with the Furukawa Full Service concept, offer more speed and flexibility in the activation of new users and provide reduced installation and maintenance costs. All of this is aimed at the service provider to strengthen and expand its business by generating customer satisfaction and providing quality experiences.

Photo by:   Mauricio Kenji Takashima

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