This annual report offers a wealth of information on the worldwide development of Fibre-to-the-Home. Information on a regional level is also provided for the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report includes analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends. It provides a comprehensive insight into the progress of FttH and examines some the drivers for implementation and issues impacting upon deployment. In addition the report provides detailed technical information on FttH technology.
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Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH) is making great progress and finally becoming commercially viable. Advances in digital technology driven through fibre optic telecommunications promises great change - the new explosion of bandwidth will enable interactive multimedia and video information to come into households, schools, businesses etc in a variety of ways. There are various drivers behind the push for FttH, and it varies from country to country. Broadly speaking they can be categorised as economic, social, entertainment and business drivers. For more information, see chapter 1.2, page 7.
The other positive development is that the new FttH networks seem so much simpler than the original Phase 1 VDSL/fibre deployments. FttH should simplify the deployment process significantly and make the networks easier and cheaper to maintain. In addition, once all the initial work has been done, IT programming costs will also be greatly reduced.
Asia is the one region of the world where FttH has started to emerge as a serious broadband platform. Not unexpectedly, the movement towards fibre has occurred in Asia’s more developed markets, where positive government intervention plays an important role. For more information, see chapter 1.1, page 1.
Japan and South Korea were the first leaders in terms of deployments, due to strong government visions regarding national infrastructure development. It was seen as beneficial for these countries generally; especially in terms of developing new products and services that could be exported to global markets.
Today the progress of FttH around the world can not only be attributed to Japan and South Korea, but also to the large-scale deployments taking place in the USA and some parts of Europe. In 2007 more than 200 significant deployments of fibre cabling are occurring in Europe. In mid-2007 Sweden had more than 7% of households connected to fibre, Denmark and Norway 3% and The Netherlands about 2%. Fibre penetration is set to grow quickly in the next few years as the FttH and hybrid FttN/xDSL networks from incumbents and alternative operators come online. For more information, see chapter 2, page 20.
This report provides an insight and analysis into the trends and developments taking place in the FttH sector. A global overview of the progress of FttH is provided, as well as information at a regional level incorporating North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report includes statistics and forecasts and also provides detailed technical information on FttH technology. Please see chapter 3, page 50.