These days, life is all about internet and its application in almost every sphere of a person’s life. However, the terminologies get into the way and leave many of us stumped. For those of you who were thrown the term ‘fttn’ connection, you might be in a fix to find out what exactly it is and where it can be applied.
To begin with, ‘fttn’ simply refers to ‘Fiber to the Node’ (or neighborhood) connection which is basically a telecommunication set-up based on fiber-optic cables that run from a street cabinet and serve the surrounding neighborhood buildings. Fiber-optic cables also need further explanation and basically refer to a bundle of extremely slim glass or plastic fibers which are capable of transmitting data over long distances without any losses in speed. Fiber-optic cables are a better alternative to the traditional copper cable system that needs servicing and is prone to damage with time.
With fttn, the fiber-optic cables run from the connecting grid center up to the nodes in the street cabinets; from there onwards, not just a fiber-optic cable, but even a traditional copper wire with a coaxial connection for ADSL broadband can be used to connect to your home. The best part of using fttn is that it’s faster to connect to the broadband services than other types of earlier technologies. All you need do is get the right kind of modem for fttn as the traditionally used modems could slow you down.
With homes growing vertically these days, a similar technology known as fttb or ‘Fiber to the building’ has been developed where the fiber-optic cable runs right up to a centralized box within the building from where residents of the apartment complex can take individual broadband connections.
Fiber-optic technology is among the top latest technologies used in broadband data services, and though initial installation might be a little expensive, with part of the cost being borne by the customers, in the long run, fttn is the best connection possible as it delivers data at high speeds. Aside from no frustrated hair-pulling, there is almost little to no maintenance required for fiber-optic cables, making them a viable choice for the future. This newer technology is slowly taking over the copper cables associated with ADSL connections, and there is a good chance that your broadband service provider might also be switching over to this newer technology to stay abreast with competition. ISP giants like Asianet Broadband services with an over 2 lakh customer base in Kerala, are also changing to fiber-optic cables with work already in progress in Kozhikode city. This is supposed to be carried out all over Kerala in a phased manner when you can enjoy lightening speeds of 200Mbps and 200GD data for INR 999. However, don’t get skeptical as significant changes in rates aren’t expected!