The problem of not going FTTH…

One of the advantages of FTTH deployments, specially if PON is deployed is that the outside plant is totally passive and very compact, so there is no need to install big cabinets in the field to accommodate active equipment.

This is for me one of the big advantages of going directly for FTTH and do not deploy FTTN + VDSL, as OPEX is much lower and also, to install cabinets in the field may become problematic.

BT know this very well, as they have had to stop a deployment due to this:

BT’s giant new faster broadband boxes blocked

In summary, FTTH offers higher bandwidth, less OPEX and less problems with the neighbors as size is smaller and there is no need to install big and ugly cabinets in the field.


3 thoughts on “The problem of not going FTTH…

  1. BT always goes for the worst option, protecting its copper assets every time. I wish you worked for them and could put them right…
    They seem hell bent on sweating the legacy network for profit and then paying out shareholders and fatcats instead of investing in fibre to the home and doing the job right. Such a crying shame…

  2. Protecting the copper is only one view – installing a new inhouse-network with all the “housewife’s opinion”-hassel is often underestimated by FTTH-evangelists.

    In many situation (also in multi-dwelling units with an unclear, uncetain ownership-situation) the installation of a fibre-based inhouse-network is the bottle-neck in the real world…. with ever shortening pay-back requirements by financial markets, these CAPEX-spendings often eat up OPEX-savings of a passive network in the business-cases.

    …just my 2p.

  3. BT would be better spending their time and money investing in fibre, sorting out the housewife hassles and then sitting back and watching real money flood back into the coffers. Sweating the copper is not a forward thinking plan at all, and is holding back the UK. Bragging about upgrading from ‘up to 8meg’ to ‘up to 20 meg’ is so sad when other countries are swinging in with 100 meg or a gig.
    The fact remains that only the few on top of the exchanges will get these speeds, the rest will get a trickle, stifling innovation and content delivery. Waste of time and money upgrading kit to force the copper to deliver what it never can.

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