The Differences Between Common Fiber Optic Deployments

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Learn how common fiber optic deployments differ from each other.

While most fiber optic cables are installed to support long-distance connections between cities and countries, some deployments cover distances from the telecom facility, or central office, to the end-user. Generally, this deployment is referred to as FTTx or “Fiber to the X,” with the X representing the various types of end deployment architecture available. The kinds of Fiber to the X include FTTN, FTTB, FTTH, and FTTD. Read on to learn what each of these fiber optic deployments refers to and how their structures differ. 


In a Fiber to the Node/Fiber to the Neighborhood deployment, the optical fiber ceases at the node, which lies a few miles from the customer. Then, copper wires complete the connection to the customers. This fiber optic node deployment replaces the previous “plain old telephone service.” If you imagine the telephone lines hanging in your neighborhood replaced by optical fiber lines, you can imagine how wide-reaching these fiber optic deployments can be. 


This stands for Fiber to the Building and refers to fiber that is laid from the Service Provider’s central office to the building. It can also be known as “FTTP” or Fiber to the Premises. With FTTB, new products and services can be activated remotely. FTTB’s performance can also be monitored and can be repaired before a customer even realizes the problem. FTTB is relatively easy to maintain and less susceptible to harsh weather. This deployment completely eliminates the need for bulky, expensive high pair count copper cable.


Fiber to the Home occurs when optic cabling ends directly at the individual home or business. There are different types of FTTH network structures based on the transport protocol and how data is encoded and transmitted. Fiber may be run directly from the central office to the building’s demarcation point (DEMARC). Alternatively, it may be run to centralized splitters that further distribute individual fiber strands to Passive Optical Network devices.


Fiber to the Desk is one of the more common fiber optic deployments in commercial environments. Here, fiber is distributed from a Telecommunication Room out to the Equipment Outlets and terminated at a faceplate just as with copper cable. Unlike the other deployments that use Single Mode fiber, FTTD will typically be two or more strands of Multimode OM3 or OM4 fiber to the Equipment Outlet. This provides secure connections to desktop devices that have high bandwidth requirements.

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