BRUSSELS – During its first virtual General Assembly, the FTTH Council Europe adopted its work programme and priorities and elected new Board members and Work Committee Chairs.
The European Commission has recently presented an ambitious recovery plan for the EU economy also focusing on green and digital transformations. The past few months have shown us that connectivity supported by robust and reliable digital infrastructures plays and will continue to play a
crucial role in supporting the evolution of society and build a more resilient and sustainable economy.
The FTTH Council Europe is ready to contribute to the discussion with fact-based & high-quality studies and data and is therefore outlining its upcoming projects.
Update on the State of Fibre
Our latest FTTH/B Market Panorama1 shows that significant progress have been made in the deployment of FTTH/B networks and we are now planning to release a breakdown of fibre deployments in both urban and rural areas in a selection of European countries to highlight where the digital divide is most prominent. It is essential to maintain a focus on Very-High Capacity networks to ensure that all end-users can benefit from the digital transition.
Contribution of the fibre sector to the fight against climate change and migration to full fibre
In addition to facilitating more remote working and education, fibre networks are also pivotal to the transition to a greener economy, as they use much less energy than copper-based infrastructure and thus can significantly lower emissions produced by the telecom and ICT sector. The FTTH Council Europe will delve into the issue of energy efficiency of the FTTH/P networks and will further pursue its work on copper switch-off and migration to fibre by releasing a follow-up report2 on the challenges and potential solutions to ease the transition to fibre infrastructures.
Fibre and 5G convergence: cost-saving opportunities
With the transition to fibre also being at the core of the 5G deployment, the FTTH Council Europe will release an update to its fibre/5G convergence study published in 20193 focusing on brownfield areas. Last year’s study showed that a coordinated 5G and FTTH deployment in greenfield areas could lead to very significant savings of the FTTH component of 5G deployments compared to an uncoordinated approach.
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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Key topics will include:
Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
Service provider success stories: the decision to virtualize, the solution, and results