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A ‘Less Risk, More Reward’ Way to Upgrade Your Fiber Backbone Bandwidth

Apr 2021

Picture it. You have finally managed to get all your required stakeholders on board with your plan to modernize your fiber backbone infrastructure to meet the speed requirements of todays’ cutting-edge technologies. What’s more, the team approved the budget you requested to also upgrade the Internet connection, implement a series of W6 wireless access points, andinstall surveillance cameras in the parking lots. Job well done.

The solution you’ve architected involves replacing the cabling above the ceiling and in the ground, as well as leasing some dark fiber cabling from the city. It’s a pretty big job, but you and your contractor have been at it for some time, and together you have meticulously scoped out the work — from the first piece of fiber to be ripped out to last camera to be connected.

Plans Run Amok, Because Your Fiber is Stuck

You’ve decided to start with the dark fiber leased from the city, and unfortunately what you find is that after fifteen years in the ground, so much debris has accumulated in the conduit that the fiber can’t be fished out as easily as you originally planned.

Now you are looking at a much longer and more costly rip and replace project. Even worse, it’s also looking like a big chunk of the budget you worked so hard to secure for bringing in new technologies is at risk to cover this unexpected expense.

Clearly, this is not a great position for anyone to be in, but the good news is that there is a way to save the day. Since the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) test you ran revealed that all of the dark fibers are still intact, you can upgrade your fiber backbone without having to rip and replace anything. How, you ask? By using Panduit OneModeTM.

Faster Network Speeds, Fewer Cable Installation Challenges

OneMode is a passive media converter that makes legacy multimode fiber cables perform like singlemode — enabling speeds up to 10, 50 or even 100 Gbps — without having to rip and replace cabling. And with OneMode, there is no risk of running into who knows what during the upgrade process because it is installed in a rack inside a telecom closet.

This is a huge benefit, given that you never know what problems might pop up when working with cabling that’s been in place for many years — whether it’s in the ground, above the ceiling or below the floor.

See What OneMode Can Do for You

OneMode allows organizations of all types and sizes to upgrade their fiber backbone without worrying about what might happen in the process. And in most situations, it takes less time to install than replacing infrastructure would, at a savings up to 70%.

There are multiple scenarios where OneMode can help boost bandwidth when ripping and replacing legacy fiber isn’t possible or doesn’t make sense. If you are planning a project or want to learn more about how OneMode works, then send me your questions or reach out to schedule a OneMode virtual demo.


Tom Kovanic

Tom Kovanic joined Panduit in 2009 and is currently Business Development Manager with Panduit Ventures. Tom has spent his entire engineering and business career in the video and communications segments. He is well versed in video acquisition and manipulation, optical and RF communications. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University.