The Fiber Generation
The demand for better connectivity and greater bandwidth is ubiquitous as more subscribers are opting for TV Everywhere (TVE) and over-the-top (OTT) services to tune into their favorite shows. And with more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices and 650 million Internet-connected televisions expected to be in market in 2017, access to more robust video and Internet services will only increase.
To feed this demand, more users are turning to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband – which is the delivery of a communication signal over optical fibers to a user’s home, replacing legacy infrastructure.
In fact, the number of homes that have the ability to access FFTH networks increased by 17.6 percent over a year ago to 22.7 million, according to the Fiber to the Home Council. Moreover, today there are currently 9.7 million households connected with FTTH, an increase of more than 20 percent over 2012.
FFTH has many benefits, the most notable being increased broadband and faster connection speeds compared to DSL or coaxial cable. For example, a single fiber pair can carry more than 2.5 million phone calls simultaneously, compared to a single copper pair that only carries six phones calls, according to the Federal Communication Commission. Furthermore, FTTH is also cost-effective as customers are able to bundle their communication services, such as telephone, video, audio and television.
Best of all, FTTH is said to be “future proof” as it’s the only technology with enough sufficient bandwidth to handle current and future consumer demands, which as we know will only increase as more consumers opt for TVE and OTT services.
At GLDS, we’ve been managing flow-through billing and provisioning for FTTH for years and it’s growing. Three of the last four new interfaces we’ve written have been for FTTH infrastructure providers launching with existing GLDS customers. We already offer support for Aurora, Calix E7, Huawei, AdTran FTTH platforms and have a couple others in queue. Ready to launch FTTH? Let’s talk about how we can help with quick time-to-market, and low launch costs.