FTTH Lisbon Conference first impressions

As you already know, the FTTH Europe annual meeting Lisbon ended yesterday. There have been different discussions, all of them related to FTTH. However, one of the clear concepts was that FTTH is not the future, but a reality.

An example of that, in  year 2000 the Nippon incumbent NTT was doing a trial deployment of with a trial version of 6 months and 3500 users  in the areas covered: 2,000 users of NTT East: Mina to, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Chiyoda, Nakano, and Meguro Wards of Tokyo (central offices of Kasumigaseki, Aoyama, Mita, Shibaura, Higashi-shibuya, Akasaka, Shirogane, Yodobashi) 1,500 users of NTT West: some parts of Osaka City (Central offices of Osaka-chuo, Senba, Kitahama,Osaka-kita, Osaka-higashi, and Osaka-minami)

From that point until now we have had ten years of pilots and tests around the world. The list of cities and villages is above 1000 places. One of the most interesting cases is the Amsterdam and Netherland’s case.

That case is interesting for the Spanish villages and cities because the problem here is about the funds and the big problem: “How to show that FTTH is going to generate more money than the high cost of implementing it”. The interest of this project comes from the January 2009 when I learned something about it, in March at Barcelona was held the FTTH forum and in this case I talked about how in 2008 the Dutch regulator OPTA and NMA reached an agreement and understanding about the importance of a national deployment NGA. This agreement allows the Dutch incumbent KPN to joint Reggeborgh Group in a “joint venture” called “Reggefiber”. This has evolved to one of the unique deployments in FTTH because it is a Point to Point one, and not only one, each home has two fibres for it. As we know, the cost of fibre is not the expensive part in a project, the civil works are, and there, all the streets where opened to do it. But, the great part of this project is that the net has to be an Open FTHH profit controlled mode. Now in Lisbon, we know that not only Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are there, we have also The Hague now inside and we wish for them to cover the entire Dutch country.

This Deployment is a deployment with a NPV greater than 40 years. So talking with them they explained us that this is a vision for the country and not an Investment to make them richer. They gave me some data about the number of employments is it going to create, nearly 50000 employments related to this project. Possibilities of growing their GDP faster, and setting prices before finishing the deployment, so reaching a neutral network that will allow different operators to offer their services on it. Greatest problems are inside buildings now, is more difficult than previsions said. First of all, they are connecting schools, theatres and they think of having covered all users between 2012 and 2015.

More interesting things come from the forum. For example one of the assistants has tried the 1Gbps connection and the real connection shown that a maximum splittering of 1:4 is applied. The real difference with the ducth network is the price. Here it costs around 250€ and can be very difficult to penetrate the market with a so high cost service. Remember how we explained in a brief related to how Spanish neighbours are starting to be faster. But, in Portugal is not the incumbent, it is one of the cable operators ZON Multimedia.

As we experience the FTTH we will discover more uses than the ones we have now. My sentence would be “Give fibre to people and they will use it”.

An example extracted from the twitlist of the FTTH forum:

#ftthlis10 on telework: US study found that people with FTTH worked an average of 2 days more from home than other bb subs (via @tadtel)

Another one that shows that we have to start from municipalities and councils to reach the public is:

#ftthlis10: US public awareness of FTTH: 72% not aware / 28% aware (via @ktroulos)

Can you believe that 72% of the US public is not aware? I wish that Google explains it better to everyone and that the year 2011 we can tell that: “US public awareness of FTTH: 72% aware and 28 not aware”

So, a great job has to be done and we need to work hard for a better connection in everywhere around the world. And remember that FTTH deployment has to be done now!!

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