Draka expands intelligent FTTH network implementation suite

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 -- The company's NetConceptXS enables design simulation to give consulting and engineering companies multiple options for network architectures and costing.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 -- Draka Communications has added a new module to its Draka XS.Net integrated network management suite, NetConceptXS, which provides simulation capabilities. NetConceptXS is now an integral part of the Draka XS.Net package of services and products for next-generation broadband implementation.

Draka XS.Net provides a complete passive network building resource comprising state-of-the-art miniaturized fiber-optic components with network project design, planning, implementation, and maintenance. The software suite is based upon an econometric model that the company says lowers costs and allows control over capital and operating expenses for the construction of passive FTTH access networks.

Following requests from consulting and engineering companies that advise local authorities and new entrants into the field of FTTX projects, NetConceptXS has been developed. The module enables an additional level of project modeling in designing and recommending network architectures.

NetConceptXS can simulate scenarios such as applying optical splitters, the use of alternative fiber technologies, the choice of appropriate point-of-presence (PoP) locations, and designing optimal distribution and feeder networks. The financial consequences of each of these design scenarios are calculated by the network software and are immediately available.

In 2008 Draka decided to open its proprietary Draka XS.Net software tools to independent engineering consultants in order to extend fiber network building expertise to a broader range of market sectors and geographical areas.

The company's software management suite originally comprised four integrated software tools to cover network design, project management, identification and registration, and installation planning. The tools were developed out of Draka's turnkey project experience with building traditional telecom networks in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Indonesia, Turkey, and other dense urban locations around the world. Typically, the software allows an engineer to handle and manage all of the functional tasks necessary to control any major FTTH project.

Draka will be exhibiting at ECOC 2009, in Vienna, Austria, from Sept. 21-23, at Booth #320.

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