Why does a professional connection need to meet stricter specifications than a connection for private use? What is it that sets a professional infrastructure apart and gives it added value?
The first point that needs to be noted is that fiber-optic technology has an extremely long technical lifetime, of at least 25 years. As a supplier, we thus have to take into account the increasing demands and growing complexity of company applications over time. This avoids the need for costly excavations at a later date. Moreover, the business market is increasingly reluctant to accept limited choices. Businesses, public services and non-profit-making organisations are attaching increasing importance to open and future-proof infrastructures. Eurofiber clients are free to add services and applications to their fiber-optic connections (or have them added).
The professional market is increasingly demanding in terms of network uptime throughout the year. The level is typically 99.9%. With a second totally separate fiber-optic route, the uptime can be as high as 99.98% with minimal recovery time. Eurofiber achieves this level of performance thanks to the rigorous monitoring of the fiber-optic technology in order to identify local trouble spots directly and rectify them within 8 hours. This is, of course, only possible if the fiber-optic supplier has a fully registered, digital nationwide network and the network monitoring team is on stand-by 24 hours a day. Moreover, professional fiber-optic suppliers offer the possibility of redundancy: connecting a business premises via two completely separate fiber-optic cables. The operator ensures that simultaneous interventions on the two routes never occur.
There are still significant differences in the way fiber-optic suppliers install business networks. For its part, Eurofiber ensures optimal protection of the fiber-optic cables by favouring a network that is almost entirely below ground, at a depth of at least 60 cm. This makes them far less vulnerable to external disturbances and influences. The network is only above ground at customer end locations or at PoP locations of the Ethernet and IP network. Access routes and network connections are below ground. This type of underground network combines a high level of availability with increased security. Data diversion would require soil excavation and would be blocked by the strong sheathing protecting each fiber-optic cable. Cable joints are located in hand-holes and protected with waterproof enclosures. To ensure optimal performance (or minimal attenuation), the use of patches is avoided as far as possible and the cables are welded from one end of the connection to the other.
Professional clients attach growing importance to the capacity of fiber-optic infrastructures. Bandwidth requirements are constantly expanding, with clients increasingly intolerant of slow transmission times. For private individuals, the maximum bandwidth is 100 Mb/s up and down, while in the professional sector, speeds of around 10 Gb/s are common, with some clients demanding 100 Gb/s. The fiber-optic infrastructure must be equipped with the right systems.
These are just a few examples of the considerable demands placed on today’s professional fiber-optic infrastructures. Expectations will continue to grow in the coming years and Eurofiber will do everything required to remain ahead of the field in the sector. An optimal infrastructure combined with a professional technical support organisation underpin a smarter, more efficient deployment of resources, delivering the permanent and reliable exchange and unlimited availability of data. This paves the way for the development of solutions of considerable social and economic importance. Let’s mention, among others, innovative healthcare, digital education, safe electricity distribution, flowing traffic and, of course, a reliable internet.[ssbp]