3. Fiber to Each Apartment Unit
Customer devices do not connect to the fiber directly but rather connect using Ethernet or WiFi. As such, running fiber to each unit will require more hardware, making it expensive for the property owner and tenant. Another major issue regarding fiber for each unit is the power concerns. For instance, the tenant loses internet connectivity if a building loses power. Internet Communications Inc. helps homeowners mitigate the problem by developing an advanced system. The system sends data closets over Cat 6a to the WiFi access points power backups protecting them against brownouts and outages.
With this system, a building with a generator does not lose internet during the power outage periods. The system is quite useful as it allows the tenants to always access emergence services. Due to these issues, we believe running fiber to each apartment makes sense only during new construction for future use.