How to Maximize Your RDOF Funding

Recently, the FCC has opened bidding for funding from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. With over $20 billion available over the next 10 years for service providers across the country, it is important to maximize any allotted funds for planned projects. This article will run through some solutions that will cost-effectively enable you to achieve your network goals.

MicroPlug OLT: A FTTx Solution That Grows with You

Whether you’re migrating your legacy GPON network to 10G PON, or planning a greenfield deployment, the initial cost of a traditional 10G OLT can be daunting. This is particularly true if you only anticipate turning up a few new 10G services from the outset.

However, Champion ONE’s Virtual OLT solution enables you to deliver future-proof 10G symmetric PON service in a pay-as-you-grow model. The MicroPlug OLT contains PON OLT functionality in a compact SFP form factor that can be deployed in an existing Ethernet switch. Its open architecture also enables use with a wide range of commercially available ONTs at the customer premise. Plus, with one of our passive coexistence modules, you can overlay new 10G PON services over your existing infrastructure without disrupting GPON services.

OLT features for Tibit

Relieve Fiber Congestion with Passive WDM

If you need to turn up more links but don’t want to burn through your budget on new fiber lease costs (or trenching new fiber), passive WDM can be a great solution. We offer a wide range of solutions, including CWDM and DWDM, single and dual fiber, and nearly infinite custom options to suit any network topology or requirements. For rural areas that require longer distances, amplification and dispersion compensation may be required.

Wavelength Division Multiplexing connecting two points over one pair of fiber

Additional Connectivity Solutions

If you’ve already completed your main project under budget, it can be advisable to build up an additional sparing inventory for products that you will need eventually. Depending on your network needs, this might include optical transceivers, direct-attach cables, active optical cables, fiber jumper cables, and more.

Contact Champion ONE today for more ways to maximize your RDOF budget.   

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