Rapid deployment of services over fiber optic cables to both commercial and residential customers worldwide in the
past 10 years has pushed service providers and their vendors to find faster, more economical and more reliable ways
to make their customers happy and their installation crews successful. As always the cost associated with the
installation at the customer location takes up the most time and is the most expensive part of the installation. This is
typically referred to as the last mile.
With all the development and installation hardware improvements over the last ten years, the ability to install fiber
cable and connectorize it with speed, quality and consistency has been a major area of focus. In a quest to win
consumer’s, reducing the cost of installing fibers to their homes has become a very fluid topic of
research and discussion. Additionally, advancements in fiber optic technology in the optical and
telecommunications industry have helped FTTH installations not only become more value-driven but also more
efficient with better performance.
As the number of installation’s and customers increase the need for reliable connections and quick installations
becomes much more critical. Industry experts all agree that almost in all instances for long term subscription
services and mission critical service in data centers that fusion splicing is the preferred methodology. With the cost
of fusion splicing vs. mechanical splices at a price tipping point it is important, now more than ever, to understand all the real costs associated with selecting the correct methodology for you and your business.
The use of Fusion splices has helped a lot in this area as it helps provide:
- High-Quality Splice with Low Insertion Loss: Low insertion loss means lower attenuation and better performance. A high insertion loss could disrupt transmitted signals traveling the fiber. Insertion Loss impairs performance and leads to a lower quality of service experienced by customers. This could lead to negative complaints and loss of trust in fiber networks, the technician or broadband supplier.
- Low Reflection Loss: A high reflective loss affects transmission performance negatively. It could lead to
the degradation of image quality in analog to digital video transmission.
- Low Cost of Implementation: The variability cost per fusion splice is significantly cheaper than that of the
mechanical splice. A typical fusion splice could go for as low $0.45 per connection while a typical mechanical splice can cost $8 and upwards. Barring the cost of procuring a fusion splicer that could spike the initial investment up front, it is far better and cost-effective in the long run.
- Reliable Joint between Fiber Ends: Fusion splice connectors offer a reliable, robust and
strong mechanical joint between two fiber ends due to its heat fusion which holds both fibers together. This
ensures it doesn’t get loose and cause a disruption in the transmitted signal. It is also not susceptible to possible
deterioration over time due to environmental condtions that alternative methods are.
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