Development of a Decision Support System for FTTH Installations
In preparation for increasing its deployment of last-mile fibre, TELUS has engaged the University of Alberta to study the most efficient and cost-effective installation methods for Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployment where there are no existing telecommunications rights of way. The methods we will explore are divided into two categories: 1.) Direct Buried Methods (micro-trenching, Horizontal Directional Drilling, piercing and plowing. 2.) Utility Sharing (installing optical fibre via existing utility lines). Final recommendations and know-how will be reported in a Decision Support Guide transferred to TELUS. This important research will assist the telecommunications industry in Canada with scientifically backed knowledge and procedure for optical fibre installation projects.