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Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) is currently being deployed throughout Australia by the National Broadband Network (NBN). Following a strategic review by the Australian Government, NBN will now include this additional architecture in their rollout with Fibre To The Node (FTTN). This is a hybrid technology utilising optical fibre and the existing Telstra copper network to provide high speed VDSL2  broadband services to the customer premises.

NBN in conjunction with Telstra are currently piloting the planning, design and construction of 1000+ nodes throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

CommsForce in partnership with EXFO and Celemetrix, will discuss how to build a quality network and the opportunities this provides our industry, at the same time ensuring maximum profitability.

While enjoying breakfast, listen to our international guest speaker Andrew Long, Group Manager at EXFO and an expert within the copper industry, discuss relevant worldwide projects, along with Mathew Wegener, Managing Director of Celemetrix discuss the latest information on FTTN technology.

Tuesday October 7th @ 7:30am : Sydney - North Ryde Golf Club

Wednesday October 8th @ 7:30am : Brisbane - Ashgrove Golf Club

Thursday October 9th @ 7:30am : Melbourne - Eastern Golf Club

Reserve your seat at the breakfast table NOW!

... by utilising innovated build methods and work practises, specifically EXFO iOLM (Intelligent Optical Loss Measurement) results show a 66% reduction in testing time, subjectivity removal, real time defect rectification along with automated test result capture and upload...

NBN Co Construction Services Group
August 2014



Andrew Long, Group Manager at EXFO graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Since that time he has worked in the telecommunications test industry, in a variety of positions, including design, technical support, product and marketing management. He has been at EXFO since May 2008. Andrew currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas , USA.



Mathew Wegener, Managing Director at Celemetrix, a specialist test and measurement and consulting services company which provides a range of technical solutions that assist organisations to design, build and assure the performance of telecommunications, IT infrastructure and NBN network. Mathew possesses over 20 years of fibre optic experience in APAC and is author to Australia’s leading FTTP training package. He was also a finalist in the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.



Fibre to the Node and VDSL2 – The next evolution of the Broadband Network
- Andrew Long

Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is the next step in Australia’s broadband evolution. FTTN is a telecommunication architecture based on fibre optic cables feeding a cabinet servicing a neighbourhood. Customers connect to this cabinet using traditional and existing copper wiring.

These fibre links feed to remote access points (nodes) which then convert the signals to copper based services for connection to the end customer. The copper links use a newer generation of DSL technology called VDSL2/VDLS2+. VDSL2/VDLS2+ provides higher speeds over shorter lengths but comes with their own technical and deployment challenges.

This seminar will explain this new technology and give an overview of its operation. It will also describe some of the challenges in installing and maintaining these new high speed services, and how choosing the right test equipment can help you to accelerate and simplify the process if the field.

  • FTTN technology overview
    • Network topology, key elements & functions
    • DSL technology overview
      • VDSL2 vs. ADSL2
      • What are Vectoring, G.INP and Bonding
    • Future DSL enhancements (G.Fast)
  • FTTN key deployment challenges
    • Effect of noise of DSL services (Impulse Noise, Wideband Noise)
    • Achieving the best data rates (SNR)
  • Best Practices for VDSL2 Installation
    • Key DSL parameters to look for and what they mean
      • U/S, D/S rates, error counts, SNR etc.
    • Key Copper measurements and what they mean
      • PSD Noise, Impulse Noise, Attenuation etc.
  • How EXFO test sets ensure fast & efficient VDSL2 installs
    • Automation, Intelligence and Scripting

Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) and Fibre to the Node (FTTN) Broadband Networks
- Mathew Wegener

Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) is a technology that provides telecommunications access by running fibre optic cable directly from a Service Provider to a user's home or business. Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is a telecommunications architecture based on fibre optic cables from a Service Provider feeding a cabinet (node). The network is then extended to the customer using the existing Telstra copper network.

Traditional testing methods using an Optical Loss Test Set (OLTS) or Power Meter and Light Source (PM/LS) is accurate and easy to use, unfortunately this method requires two technicians and cannot pinpoint faults on cables. Testing with an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) can pinpoint faults on cables but requires a highly skilled operator to interpret and analyse the test data. Generally a time consuming and expensive exercise.

Using EXFO’s latest testing tool iOLM (Intelligent Optical Link Mapper) simplifies the testing and acquisition of the test data by:

  • Using NBN Optimised iOLM – 10 second trace acquisition
  • Simplified test interface to allow any level of skilled operator to test and commission fibre links
  • Automated population of test results to NBN workbook (NBN’s mandatory results recording tool)

iOLM Increases speed, and balances deployment cost and quality control, across a national workforce, with the ability to automate data uploaded/download onto the unit using the ‘cloud’ to instantly access:

  • Test results
  • Configuration files
  • Software upgrades
  • Loss/Test thresholds
  • Connect to expert knowledge anywhere, anytime for assistance

This seminar will explain this new technology and give an overview of its operation. It will also describe some of the challenges that will be faced with the installation and maintenance of these new high speed services, and how choosing the right test equipment can help you to accelerate and simplify the process in the field to ensure maximum profitability.

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