FTTH in Japan: that's how we truck-roll

02 Feb 2009

Here's something you don't see every day, even on the Internet: a thoroughly documented FTTH truck roll. With photos!

The photo set is from Danny Choo, a London ex-pat now living in Tokyo who runs his own Internet solutions company and blogs about otaku (which explains the manga/anime figurines scattered throughout the post).

Choo, who runs several web sites, had a second 100-Mbps fiber-optic line installed in his home after deciding to stick a server in his home to host his web sites rather than pay a dedicated host site $12,000 a year to do it for him. He already has an FTTH connection, but wanted a second one that he could keep running 24/7, freeing him to disconnect the other modem temporarily for things like moving furniture around or housecleaning, etc.

In true otaku fashion, Choo photographed the entire installation process and posted it online.

It's an instructive post on a few levels for anyone looking for a little insight into the Japanese broadband business, starting with the fact that you can install a 100-meg Web server backhaul line in your home for a little over 1,000 yen a month (for the first year, anyway).

Also interesting is the instruction manual with QR codes in it. You know, for additional information not included in the thick manual on your desk.

Anyway, it's good truck-roll fun for telecoms tech-nerds like me.

FUN FACT: Danny Choo is also the only CEO I know of to spend his spare time making videos of himself dancing around Shibuya dressed as an Imperial Stormtrooper and posting them on YouTube. Which is awesome.

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