Fiber optic network design describes the end-to-end process of preparing to launch a new fiber network. The design phase includes many decision areas, all of which are important to the operational and financial success of fiber networks.
In the design phase, operators determine the network’s topology, communication system, equipment needs, and list of services that will be made available to end users. These specific decisions are contingent upon the bandwidth demand in the intended market.
Operators will also prepare for future issues that may arise, obtain necessary permits, and begin documenting important details about network components and cable routes. During the design phase, it’s common to see multidisciplinary teams of people come together, including network designers, engineers, architects, and contractors. The designers, especially, must have in-depth knowledge of fiber optic technology, installation processes, and regulatory standards as they have a significant impact on the overall direction of the development.
There are many ways to approach fiber network design. Every design phase looks different from project to project. What is most important is that the process is done and done well.