FTTH and Bill of Material

When you are planning for an FTTH network, at a certain point in time, you will need a bill of material. A bill of material provides you with the necessary answers when

  1. you are creating the FTTH business case, and you need to estimate the cost of FTTH in your area.
  2. you are comparing FTTH designs, and you want to know for example the impact on the length of feeder and distribution cable for different Distribution Point sizes.
  3. you are designing the FTTH to-build plan, and you want to order the material for your network.

FiberPlanIT is an FTTx network planning software that combines the GIS information of your area and your FTTH Design Rules to design an FTTH layout of your network. This is useful during the whole planning phase of FTTH networks:

  • During the first planning phases - when you are preparing the business case, you can plug in the GIS of your area. FiberPlanIT presents you with an overview of the costs and gives you all the details in the Bill Of Material. As you are not yet interested in the detailed design, you are presented with a high-level view of the network: where are the feeder and distribution cables, where is the Central Office/POP and the distribution points located, ...
    FiberPlanIT offers a reliable and transparant cost calculation.
  • During the last planning phase - when you are creating the to-build plan, you have full control over the design. FiberPlanIT presents you with an FTTH design that is optimized - but you can finetune this design to fit local constraints. During your design phase, you can always view the bill of material and verify your design choices to ensure that you are creating the lowest cost FTTH design that fits the local constraints.

FTTH Bill Of Material Example

Below is an example of an FTTH bill of material, as produced by FiberPlanIT. This bill of material is customizable to display more/less information. The default Bill Of Material consists of

  • Overview of costs and revenue for the whole area
  • Detailed bill of material, listing all equipment
  • (optional) Bill of Material per neighborhood

Below are some examples of bill of material for an FTTH project, click for larger images.

FTTH bill of material overview Example bill of material overview. In the overview Bill Of Material, there is information about the simulation: the name of the area, number of customers, design rule info, ... There is also a cost breakdown which lists per network layer (trenching, home, drop, distribution, feeder) the costs associated with deploying the network (homes passed cost) and costs associated with activating the network (homes activated costs). A simple pie-charts summarizes this information. The results are also summarized in terms of deployment and activation costs, cost per home passed and cost per home activated.

In the detailed bill of material, the material is listed per network layer. The unit costs (adjustable by the user) are shown, together with the volume of the equipment as calculated by FiberPlanIT. The last column shows how the costs is accounted: activation (HA) of deployment (HP). All equipment types are fully customizable. If you need more network layers, like secondary distribution points or a backbone layer, this is possible as well.


So, at any stage of FTTH network planning, a bill of material has great added value. You can use FiberPlanIT at any stage of your FTTx network planning - contact us for more information!

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