we all know that VTR operates its services via conventional coaxial cable, a service which is technically called HFC, However, a little more than a year ago the operator introduced its new . started the deployment fiber optic for home, better known as FTTH,
HFC network is already practically a Technology that is about to become obsolete in a world where high speeds are required over the Internet, Although VTR’s HFC network can currently provide us with a download speed of 600 Mbps, it is the upload speed that is limited to only 16 Mbps.
Conversely, with fiber optics, you may not only be able to pass downstream speeds, Can also provide symmetrical motion, that is, the same upload and download speeds, a significant improvement in the experience, in addition to Add the following ping you get with this type of connection,
The HFC network is also more complicated to maintain and set up, because when wiring an area with this technology, The operator also has to electrify the network so that it can functionUnlike fiber optics, which does not require electricity to operate, and is very easy to install and maintain.
Now, Fiber optics is also fragile and must be treated with careEspecially in our homes. If it is handled incorrectly or sharp turns are made, the cable is damaged and there is no option to repair it by hand, so visit a technician to connect the cable or replace it entirely. Will happen.
Yes, we know that HFC networks can be updated and provide speeds similar to those offered by fiber optics. However, this is a very expensive process. Furthermore, why invest so much money in a network that is on its way to becoming obsolete when you can install fiber optics, which is the “technology of the future”.
What services does VTR provide through Fiber Optics?
Initially, they started offering internet access only with the same download and upload speeds that are offered in HFCs. However, the operator Now Provides symmetrical speed, with ipv6 addresses INCLUDES AND SERVICES OTT Television It’s offered with Android TV via its “D-Box Smart” which we reviewed a while back. At the moment, fixed telephone service is not offered on this technology.
In September 2020, we were one of the first media to report on VTR’s new fiber optic, which was being marketed at the time in area V, in the district of Quintero, where there was no HFC service.
Since then, VTR has been seen to deploy its fiber optic service in different regions of the country and also in the districts of Greater Santiago. In fact, initially operators deployed their fiber optics in places where they did not have HFCs.
However, the latter has changed, because They confirmed that they have started updating areas where HFC is possible and replace it with fiber optics,
And speaking of fiber optic installation, many of us have seen how different operators deploy their fiber optic on roads and some of us have seen how this service is installed inside our home. Is.
Have you ever seen how an operator enables an apartment building with fiber optic service?
Well, last week we were in luck, because operator VTR invited us to see how they fitted out an entirely new apartment building with their new fiber optic, and the truth is that it doesn’t look as complicated as one would think.
We arrived at the commune of La Cisterna and there he was waiting for us Alfredo Eberto, VTR Project Coordinator, and explained the process of preparation of a new building with technical feasibility in a very concise and easy to understand manner.
First he explained to us where does the fiber optic cable route start, which in this case starts La Cisterna. Central of (HUB) And it spreads through the commune. bring the cable from where we were to the building, takes about four days,
Alfredo explains that the spreaders used by VTR are a big part of its features are black and white for identification, These spreaders are mounted on posts and hold the 24-strand fiber optic cable.
Then, the same cable enters the building through ducts that are outside and which were enabled directly by the construction company. A sector is enabled in the building where Boxes “Buddy”, where fiber optic is installed and its connection is split for each client.
The builder of the building enables a special rack where all the fiber optic connection inputs of each department are located, To avoid that the operator has to enter a large part of the building to contact the customer’s department,
Therefore, when a customer requests service – in this case VTR – the technician only has to open the box called “buddy”, connect the required cable and connect it directly to the rack, specifically the entrance. But the one who goes directly to the customer department..
Now, the technician should just enter the customer’s department and do the installation we all already know, avoiding wiring inside the building.
In the case of VTRs, they can enable close to approx 52 apartments With your fiber optic service. It takes about a week for the entire building to be ready with technical feasibility.
Don’t you understand this process very well?
So, I leave you with a video where you can meet Alfredo Eberto Which explains the whole process to us, and you’ll also be able to appreciate the fiber optic installation part in the building.
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