Hundreds of networks around the world and particularly in Europe – choose Active Fiber solution to deliver high-speed voice, data, and video services to single-family households and apartment complexes. By deploying P2P fiber structure, Active Fiber has an advantage in offering subscribers dedicated and flexible bandwidth of up to symmetric Upstream/Downstream 1Gbps performance. It is also important that Ethernet transmission technology is considered a matured and proven technology for carrying heavy network traffic steadily. It mitigates the risk of failure for the operators and helps to protect their investments. Additionally, the business model is also a key decision factor for fiber operators to design their fiber infrastructure. Active Fiber is also seen as a better method to support an open access services model, which fi t the requirements of most communities and utilities.
Open Access Network: In the context of telecommunications networks, "open access" typically means that multiple service providers are granted access to wholesale services in the local access network so they can reach the end customers without needing to deploy a new network. The most obvious business model for an open access network is full separation, but other models are also possible. Functional separation is another way to separate the ownership of the network from service provision. The reason why Ethernet is suitable for open access is all about VLAN technology, moving a subscriber from one provider to another is relatively flexible and straightforward. The Active Fiber infrastructure owner can easily wholesale fiber connection to other service providers. Below figure illustrates the typical Open Access Network.
Functional Block Diagram of the ZyXEL Smart Home Gateway