FTTH bridges digital divide

Ruan Xiaoqing
10 Jul 2014

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With the ongoing development of communication technology in the last few decades, fiber to the home (FTTH) has been respected for its bandwidth and sustainable rates per end user to handle more and more new bandwidth-intensive applications.

FTTH also has been seen as the potential default broadband access technology for its lower cost, lower environmental impact and easier maintenance.

Compared to other access technologies such as cable, the cost of fiber is much lower. In fact, in the last ten years, the price of the cable has increased while the growth of end users has exploded.

“You can’t control data traffic growth and you can’t improve ARPU – the only thing you can do is reduce the cost of the network,” said Wei Leping, chairman of China Telecom’s technology steering committee.

In order to be able to deliver new services over the network, providing more bandwidth for less cost has been a necessity for end users and communication firms. More and more telecom operators have focused on fiber and set about their FTTH programs.

In the Indian communication market, Bharti Airtel has not achieved the advantages that these programs provide to gain the lead over other communication giants like Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communication. But in 4G, Airtel has covered major cities like Bangalore, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mohali, Panchkula and Pune to get ahead. Within this year, the company intends to cover other major cities in India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Airtel is also gearing up to provide FTTH services. The offering will feature specially targeted broadband services, including enhanced voice, data and video services. Airtel’s FTTH fixed line broadband, offering the fastest broadband speeds ranging from 16/40/80/100 Mbps, will be offered in the Delhi national capital region and others areas in India.

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