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.
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Co. needs to replace its legacy system with a future-proof solution that integrated with its enterprise Ethernet offering, had available professional services – but did not break the bank.
Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist, herself a former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative, believes the state's digital divide will end if she wins and mandates that all utilities pay to deploy fiber, then sell their wholesale services.
In a new report produced in tandem with SCTE/ISBE, Heavy Reading spells out what cable operators are doing with fiber now, what they plan to do with it in the future and which challenges are the biggest.
Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
With the availability of SD-Access products that leverage Amendment 3 Gfast capabilities like 212 MHz spectrum, DTA support and ability to deliver symmetric gigabit speeds, operators can quickly sate the needs of gigabit-hungry customers.
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.