MARSEILLE -- FTTH Conference 2017 -- About 3,000 ultra-broadband industry professionals converged on Marseille in the south of France last week to discover and discuss the latest developments in the fiber-based fixed access sector and there was a notable buzz at the show that, at least in my opinion, hasn't been evident for a number of years.
That's because there's a new wave of growth impacting the fixed broadband sector currently, driven by the need to deliver bandwidth-hungry applications and for operators to prepare for the end-to-end capacity pressures that the 5G era look set to bring. (See Europe Warms to FTTH, Propped Up by Russia.)
A key debating point, though, is quite when 5G will have an impact on fixed access networks: There may not be a need to rush and deploy fiber all the way to homes, businesses and wireless access aggregation points (such as small cells) immediately, but the planning should really be underway right now.
In the meantime, emerging technologies such as XGS-PON and NG-PON2 are making their way into networks and delivering the kind of capacity potential that could boost service provider services strategies and revenues.
But how much will it cost to make fiber the primary access technology for the majority of end users? That's certainly a bone of contention when it comes to an analysis of the European market. (See Europe's Incredible Shrinking FTTH Price Tag.)
But enough tittle-tattle! We're here to see the pics, so let's take a look at what sensorial delights Marseille had to offer.
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