Often considered to be the “weakest link” in FTTH networks, a distribution point is a major source of concern for owners, not to mention for other parties. With more than 100,000 distribution points in France, the question of how to manage these interfaces is crucial for network operators. What issues do distribution points bring to light? And what technologies might facilitate their operations?
In France, 100,000 distribution points connect the upstream and downstream parts of an FTTH network, the first being the part belonging to Telecoms operators and the second the part shared by all. Distribution points receive heavy traffic and undergo numerous manual interventions, particularly when new customers are added to the network or change providers.
Generally, a distribution point comes in the form of a metal cabinet or box located at the base of a building or in the street. Its position and massive use expose it to a risk of deterioration, vandalism, and frequent breakdowns and dysfunctions.
In order to facilitate management operations and distribution point maintenance, the GiSmartware teams have written a white paper covering the issue of defining them and the technological perspectives available to operators. The book has three points of focus :
Distribution points are indispensable to the proper functioning of FFTH networks and are extremely vulnerable. Carelessness, malicious acts, and dysfunctions are all major risks to their proper functioning and may have serious consequences on service in buildings. Multiple schools of thought led by industry players are currently addressing how to strengthen their security. Learn more about them in our white paper!