Fiber Constraint Solutions for School Districts

Fiber Constraint Solutions for School Districts

One of the most common challenges school districts face is fiber constraints. Whether it’s a need to reduce massive leased fiber bills, turn up new links between new locations, or expand the capacity between two locations, there never seems to be enough room in the budget for sufficient fiber expansion. Fortunately, Champion ONE has several cost-effective solutions that are ideal for school districts.

Single fiber (bi-directional) optical transceivers offer full-duplex 1G or 10G transmission over a single strand of fiber, effectively doubling your available bandwidth over distances up to 80km (10G) or 120km (1G). Since these transceivers use the same standards-based form factors as traditional dual fiber transceivers (e.g., SFP/SFP+, XFP, and more) they can be deployed in all the same switches. This makes switching to these transceivers the most painless way to instantly ease fiber constraints.

WDM passives are an excellent way to add up to 40 new links across your network, with a minimal associated cost and physical footprint. These reliable passive devices use coarse or dense wave division multiplexing (CWDM or DWDM, respectively) and can be packaged in many different form factors and channel configurations, depending on your particular network needs. For example, let’s say you have three schools that require multiple 10G fiber services, all of which need to connect back to a central data office location. An OADM (optical add-drop multiplexing) network ring, as pictured below, may be an ideal way to “drop off” services at each location and introduce ring redundancy to strengthen your network:

Curious about which fiber-saving solution is best for your network? Schedule a brief consultation with one of our experts today.

NOTE: Champion ONE products are approved for purchase through the E-Rate program. We are able to provide E-Rate funding discounts on an invoice via the Service Provider Invoice (SPI) Form 474, or by check using the Billed Entity Application Reimbursement (BEAR) Form 472. If you have any questions or concerns about the complex nuances of the E-Rate program, we’re here to help as your advocate and trusted partner.

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