MikroTik's Gigabit Passive Ethernet Network (GPEN) products are designed as a cost-effective alternative to fibre's Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution. The key difference between these two technologies is that MikroTik's GPEN utilises copper Ethernet cabling instead of fibre. MikroTik has introduced a clever concept. Copper Ethernet runs of up to 1.5km makes this an ideal alternative to complex FTTX installations. Here are some of the benefits when choosing GPEN over GPON.
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is quickly becoming the norm for internet users around the world. When experiencing its capabilities first hand, there’s no question as to why. Achieving low latency with high throughput over long distances, coupled with the GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) format, makes FTTH a fantastic solution for deployments regardless of the scale. Ubiquiti has created a category of products 'UFiber' specifically suited for these type of installations. Here are some reasons why we believe you should consider UFiber for your FTTH deployments.
South Africa’s fibre footprint has several offerings at varying price points and service levels. Understanding how these solutions differ is highly beneficial when having to decide on the best solution for you or your customer’s specific requirement. There are predominately two different fibre technologies being deployed to satisfy local customer needs.
Fibre can be a complex task when just getting started as there are many different standards available in the market. This article intends to explain some of the fundamentals of cable and connectors to aid you with choosing the right components and solutions for your fibre deployments. Cable - The first decision you will need to make is your choice of cable. There are many different materials available to protect the sensitive fibre inside the sheath. Your choice will depend on whether you install indoors, outdoors, underground, aerial or underwater, each of these applications will require different types of cable composition.