Challenges of the Last Mile

Challenges of the Last Mile

The last mile is a technology used in the Telecommunications industry to describe the final leg of connectivity used to link the end customer to a telecommunication network. The last mile is figurative as the distance between the service provider and the end customer’s premises can be more than a mile or kilometre.

The last mile technology carries signals along a service provider’s infrastructure which is normally a Copper or Fibre cable from the telephone exchange to retail customers. In other words, signals are sent and received through infrastructure at the neighbourhood level. These signals can be carried via any kind of digital medium along the broad telecommunication backbone.

What challenges does last mile technologies face?

The last mile is typically the speed bottleneck in communication networks due to bandwidth being limited or rather throttled in this section. The last mile links are the most frequent and therefore most expensive part of the communications system. Furthermore, they are also the most difficult to upgrade to newer technologies.

One of last mile’s major challenges is the cost of providing quality high speed, high bandwidth services to remote areas due to limits in the broad telecommunication backbone.

The exponential worldwide demand for rapid, low latency and high capacity communication of information to end consumers has made economical information distribution and delivery increasingly important. As the demand continues to grow, particularly driven by the adoption of the Internet, the need for quality high speed access spread across the country has ballooned too.

The creation and maintenance of Fibre optics and Copper cabling infrastructure is expensive as it can be environmentally demanding as well as require high maintenance.

High-capacity technologies like Fibre are able to efficiently and effectively transfer a resource over a longer distance with only a small fraction of data being wasted, lost or misdirected. The same can’t be necessarily said of low-capacity technologies like ADSL or Leased Lines.

There are ten different types of last mile technologies:

  • LAN – Local Area Network
  • Wireless Network
  • DSL –  Digital Subscriber Line
  • CATV – Cable
  • Fibre Optics
  • Satellite Technology
  • FSO – Free-space optical communication
  • Radio waves
  • Plain Old Telephone System (POTS)
  • ISDN – Integrated Services Digital Network.

We at Hymax offer the following last mile technologies:

  • Fibre
  • Leased Lines
  • ADSL
  • Satellite
  • Wireless

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