Fiber communication trends across the EU

Fiber technology has made a prodigious impression around the world. The evolution of fiber has not slowed its pace, leaving utilities and communications companies grappling with this reality. People are expecting more from telecommunications providers due to the ever-growing need for fiber availability that is fast and reliable.

In March 2021, the European Commission shared its digital transformation vision to be implemented by 2030, saying, “Europe aims to empower businesses and people in a human-centered, sustainable and more prosperous digital future.”

The European Union (EU) has improved the development of fiber infrastructure to accommodate the developing digital environment, as well as meet the demands of today and tomorrow – especially as more households are working from home, streaming media and staying connected across the world.

According to ING, “Last year marked more than 100 million homes passed, and more than half of European households had access to full-fibre networks. With the roll-out pace expected to further pick up in 2022, more than 60% of households are forecast to have access to full-fibre internet by the end of the year.”

These efforts are notable, and, although the EU is taking appropriate steps toward advancing its fiber networks, it’s easy to fall short.

Do fiber communication network operators and service providers have the right tools and technology to deliver?

Fortunately, the right tools are available. Deploying an advanced GIS solution allows providers to streamline their network infrastructure, ensuring better utilization of time and resources. This is especially necessary to reduce outage response times and outage durations, as well as improve customer experience, protect revenue and support daily operations more efficiently.

Advanced GIS technologies give telecommunication providers the ability to utilize existing fiber lines. Since running fiber is a costly and resource-intensive activity, using existing lines is far more efficient than digging and running new fiber. Providers also avoid inefficient management of their existing fiber networks in the process.

Optimizing fiber optic networks benefits everyone. With solutions that offer capabilities for desktop, mobile and web, an advanced telecommunications GIS allows users and organizations instant access to real-time, accurate information. And because of rules-driven tools, network documentation is efficient. In coordination with other business systems via API integration, project management can be tracked in all phases of the engineering lifecycle.

Access to fiber has become an essential part of our everyday lives, which means the number of fiber optic networks will continue to increase. With the right tools and technologies, telecommunications providers can successfully predict and manage their evolving fiber network environments and better position themselves to provide fast and reliable full-fiber access throughout the EU.

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