There are three basic steps in providing FTTH services: building a backbone network, installing fibre to each block, and connecting homes to the fibre network.
- Backbone network – The backbone network is typically a fibre ring which feeds the fibre from a distribution node to every block.
- Fibre in each block – After the backbone network is installed, each block in the neighbourhood starts to get fibre. This is where everyone’s pavements are dug up to put in the fibre.
- Connecting homes – Fibre is taken from the distribution box on the boundary wall into the home.
The following image gives a basic overview of a fibre-to-the-home installation from Vumatel in Parkhurst.
A real-life FTTH installation
MyBroadband member, who lives in Parkhurst, documented his FTTH installation fromVumatel.
He said the installers arrived at 14:00, and the installation was completed by around 18:00.
“There was no digging (trenching) that had to be done in the garden, for which I am very grateful. Vumatel’s staff were great, friendly, and answered all my questions,” he said.
The following photos provide an overview of the fibre-to-the-home installation process.