FTTH: the key to competitiveness


Over the past five years, there has been remarkable growth in the fiber optic cable manufacturing industry. This sector has grown by 11.8%. Consumers around the world now use video and cloud services on many devices. This is driving fixed and mobile operators to deploy FTTH/B. In addition to consumer demand, operators are also facing declining revenues and rising operating costs due to the use of legacy services and technologies. This requires transformation programs, and one of the key areas of these is the rollout of FTTH/B. With FTTB, operators can simplify their networks and improve the efficiency of network operations.

Mobile operators and FTTH

In addition to the adoption of FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) by fixed operators, “pure” mobile operators have also begun to deploy FTTH. In most developing countries, the reason for this is to try to defend against incumbent operators offering 4/5P. In developing markets, the rationale is a little different. Companies are deploying fiber to the home to take advantage of the growth potential for the home and SMB segments, as well as to optimize investments in LTE networks by offering a robust converged offering.

Subscription of new customers to FTTH / B services

Currently, the number of people using FTTH/B worldwide has already increased to more than 100 million subscribers. More than 65% of these subscribers are located in Asia and around 7% in EU27 countries. This utilization indicates that subscribers are welcoming fiber services. Early FTTH/B rollouts indicate a 15-30% uptake rate over a four-year launch period.

The increase in the market share of the operators

Although there is not enough data to make conclusive reports, there are indications that operators implementing FTTH are gaining market share. This means that these operators are also increasing their revenues significantly.

Government support

Governments around the world are interested in the ways in which FTTH can help boost the economic and social development of each country. As a result, there has been a lot of government intervention in countries such as Japan, Lithuania and Malaysia. Government intervention takes various forms. For example, they can finance infrastructure or regulate markets and develop legislation. The main advantage of government intervention is that a much larger fraction of households were approved.

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