What is FTTx Planning?

The FTTH Council Europe has created an FTTH Handbook, written by many partners including Comsof. The third chapter is devoted to Network Planning, which gives you a good introduction to the different phases in FTTx Network Planning:
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  1. Strategic Network Planning
  2. High-Level Network Planning
  3. Detailed Network Planning

Comsof's FiberPlanIT solutions are designed to assist you in the strategic and high-level network planning.

Strategic Network Planning

Strategic network planning has two main outputs. First, the general business case decision whether and, if positive, to what extent FTTH should be rolled out. Second, the major strategic decisions are made, for instance, what architecture will be implemented, and which cable and duct technologies will be used.

The FiberPlanIT Simulator is developed to guide you through the Strategic Network Planning phase. It is desigend to answer the questions: where to deploy, what to deploy, when to deploy, ...
Where to deploy?
→ Calculate the cost of an FTTx rollout for all your relevant areas.
What to deploy?
→ Compare different FTTx rollouts with different technologies, parameters, ...
When to deploy
→ Use geomarketing information to generate an intelligent rollout, serving fiber to high adoption neighborhoods earlier in the rollout.

High-Level Network Planning

High-level network planning is the phase when structural decisions for a particular geographical planning area are made. These include the placement of network functions (distribution points) and connectivity decisions (which location serves which area) and a preliminary bill of materials, including the installation lengths of cables and ducts as well as quantities for the various types of hardware. The aim is to generate the lowest cost network plan within the boundaries of the strategic decisions made in the previous planning phase.

The FiberPlanIT Designer is aimed to assist the planner of the Outside Plant.
The software will

  1. Increase the efficiency of the planning process by automating a large part of the manual design work
    → saving money while planning the network.
  2. Increase the optimality of the structural decisions
    → saving money while deploying the network
  3. Increase the uniformity of the designs
    → saving money while operating the network

Detailed Network Planning

Detailed network planning is – as the final planning step – when the “to build” plan is generated. This includes the network documentation that can be passed to construction companies. Further results of this planning phase include detailed connection information such as a splicing plan, the labelling scheme, or micro-duct connections.

FiberPlanIT & FTTx Network Planning

The FiberPlanIT tools are developed to assist goverments, equipment vendors, consultancy bureaus, ... through the complex phase of network planning. The tools are available as a software, but also as a service.

If you want a demonstration of the tools or if you have any question regarding network planning -

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