The Access Network
Not all networks are created equal. At ZenFi, we understand this better than anyone as our team has been constructing fiber networks for over 20 years. When ZenFi was formed, it was founded on the premise that legacy fiber networks – built to support the enterprise – never anticipated the need for the dense access that fiber-to-the-antenna now requires.
Why aren’t all networks accessible?
There are two key terms in our industry: on-net and near-net. Networks for the enterprise were built to support specific on-net locations. When network operators envision their networks, they consider where to leave slack coils for future expansion, or near-net. Fiber networks are physical structures that require pre-determined splice points to add capacity into a network. Without enough slack coils in the street and without enough splice locations, customers of traditional fiber networks are forced to pay build fees in order to access locations that are not on-net or near-net, making these builds cumbersome and costly from an owner’s perspective.
In order to support new applications such as iDAS aggregation, Light Footprint Macro Site and fiber-to-the-home requirements, you need a fiber network that is built with access in mind. The ZenFi Access Network proliferates the market in such a way that considers and enables all options – on-net, near-net and future-net capabilities.
The costly and time-consuming lateral builds associated with legacy networks are replaced by the ZenFi flexible Access Network, which leverages a neighborhood network and colocation infrastructure model to support widely distributed wireless equipment interconnection and colocation. By fragmenting the local network and supplying fiber everywhere, the ZenFi Access Network is built to support today’s needs as much as tomorrow’s.