What is Open Access Fiber?

Open Access Fiber refers to a telecommunications model where the infrastructure, active network components, and service delivery are separated into distinct layers; each potentially managed by different entities. This separation promotes competition and flexibility, allowing multiple service providers (SPs) to offer their services over a single fiber optic network.

Understanding the Three Layers of Open Access Networks:

  1. Infrastructure Layer:
    • Description: This layer includes the physical components like fiber cables and conduits.
    • Managed by: An entity that builds and maintains the physical network.
    • Example: Similar to how an airport is built and maintained by one entity.
  2. Active Layer:
    • Description: This layer consists of the active network equipment that lights up the fiber and controls data traffic.
    • Managed by: Operators who lease the infrastructure to provide network access.
    • Example: Comparable to the air traffic control system managing flight operations.
  3. Service Layer:
    • Description: This layer involves the actual services delivered to end-users, such as internet, IPTV, and phone services.
    • Managed by: Various service providers who utilize the active network to deliver their offerings.
    • Example: Similar to airlines providing different services using the same airport.

The Airport Analogy

Think of an airport; it would be impractical and costly for each airline to build its own airport.

  • The infrastructure (runways, terminals) is built and maintained by an entity like an airport authority.
  • The active layer (air traffic control) is managed by a different entity – the air traffic control tower and the people working there.
  • The service layer (airlines providing flights) uses the infrastructure and active layers to offer travel services.

Benefits of Open Access Fiber Networks

  • Cost Efficiency: Multiple service providers can share the same infrastructure, reducing costs and preventing redundant investments.
  • Enhanced Competition: Providers can compete on service quality and pricing, benefiting consumers.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: The network can support various services and providers, adapting to changing market demands.
  • Improved Service Quality: Competition among service providers leads to better service quality and innovative offerings.
  • Consumer Choice: End-users can choose from multiple providers and services, fostering a competitive market and prioritizing customer satisfaction.
  • Revenue Opportunities: Infrastructure owners can generate additional revenue by leasing network access to various service providers.

How COS Business Engine Supports Open Access Fiber Networks

Get open access ready! Our COS Business Engine software makes your FTTH (Fiber to the Home) business open-access ready. It allows for the virtual slicing of a single fiber into multiple independent “streams,” enabling different service providers to deliver their services concurrently. This capability ensures that each provider operates independently while sharing the same physical infrastructure.

Learn More About Open Access

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