Fiber_Indexing_BeehiveIt’s no secret that rural fiber deployment has always been tough. It’s the age-old equation: not a lot of people=higher cost to connect. There is no question that demand is there; however, what’s a carrier to do?

For one, they need to be willing to invest in the time and money it takes to deliver the services. The “big guys” usually have both, but don’t want to take the leap because the return on investment is not there. That means the smaller telecommunications companies that normally can’t compete with the larger ones now have an opportunity to swoop in and save the day.

CLICK TO TWEET: Rural deployment doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.

That’s what happened to one smaller telco in the U.S. Not only did it find a pocket available, but it also discovered a new layout with CommScope’s fiber indexing solution. Fiber indexing takes the best parts of star and daisy-chain architectures, and speeds up deployment with a no-splice connectorization. Technicians can deploy the fiber easily with little training, saving telcos on labor costs. Learn more about this about this great project – and the other solutions used – in our latest FTTX Case Study series chapter

It’s time that the age-old equation becomes a thing of the past. Rural deployment doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. We’d also love to hear your story. What kind of deployments are you working on? 




About the Author

Chad Engel

Chad has served in the telecommunications industry for the past 10 years, where he has managed strategic marketing programs, product launches and go-to-market initiatives.  Chad joined CommScope through the acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Broadband Network Solutions business unit in 2015.  In his current role as Program Manager, he oversees global marketing initiatives for CommScope’s wireless and wireline divisions of the company. Chad holds a bachelors’ degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  When not spending time with his children, Chad enjoys playing music and playing competitive tennis.


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2 comments for "What is the Future of Rural Broadband?"
Charlie Bass Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:34 PM

As a previous Chairman of the Broadband Stakeholders group for Wales, a land of steep valleys and poor communications infrastructure, it was always considered by government and the incumbent service providers to be a technical challenge to deliver rural broadband. It never was a technical challenge simply a political and social one. The French overcame the problem by defining broadband as a SGEI, Service of General Economic Interest, the same classification as roads, utilities such as water and sewage....that meant it could receive massive state and European funding which is why the most difficult areas such as the Haute-Alpine have excellent broadband. Technical solution is fairly straight forward with a mix of wires and wireless, political solution is ore difficult as nobody seems to want to add in the social currency benefit alongside the obvious economic benefits.

Chad Engel Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:28 PM

Charlie, thanks. And you make a very important point. Bringing broadband to rural communities, from a technology standpoint, is a small piece to the puzzle. Local governments and community leaders need to promote the fact that high speed broadband is an essential component of their infrastructure, and without it, businesses and families are not likely to stay in their communities.

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