FTTH
Why FTTH is Superior to Traditional Networks
The Only Technology Capable of Handling the Broadband Explosion

A bundle of fibre not thicker than a pencil can carry all of the world’s current communication traffic. A single copper pair conductor can carry six phone calls; a single fibre pair can carry more than 2.5 million phone calls simultaneously. A fibre network to the home is the ultimate solution for broadband connectivity as it provides virtually unlimited bandwidth to consumers.

We are still in the early stages of the broadband revolution. It is impossible for any technology other than optical fibre to meet the future demands for speed and capacity

Breathtaking Speed

FTTH can give a minimum speed of 100 Mbps per house, if Point to Point technologies are used. It can currently deliver speeds up to 1Gbps (gigabit per second) or 2.5 Gbps per house, and even 10Gbps in the near future.

Future-proof

Smart Homes and Smart Cities are built on fibre. Smart Communities of the future will require superfast, reliable broadband to support a plethora of new services. FTTH will be able to handle even futuristic Internet uses – technologies such as 3D holographic HD television and games, which will be commonplace in the future. FTTH is the only technology able to handle the estimated 30-gigabyte-per-second needs of such equipment, making it truly future-proof.

The data-carrying capacity of each strand of fibre can be increased to meet future needs almost without limit, simply by changing the lasers. Once fibre is installed, it may not have to be replaced for many decades.

It Can Bundle Services

Fibre allows the ‘bundling’ of all communication services.   Broadband with Gigabit Speed, Telephony (including intercom), Cable TV, On-Demand IPTV, CCTV, Video Door Phone, Safety and Security Services, Smart Home Applications and any other kind of digital data stream can all be sent to a home through a simple FTTH broadband connection. This is, of course, infinitely simpler and more cost-effective than receiving them through different lines.

Fibre networks also make it possible to put all the electronics and hardware in one central location, instead of having wiring closets with equipment throughout the building.

Increases Property Value

Today, high-speed telecommunications is a crucial factor in deciding the value of a residential or commercial project. Recent studies have established a clear link between broadband speeds and property value. All over the world, FTTH-enabled homes are considered highly desirable–   which translates into real money.

Higher Immunity and Reliability

Fibre is currently the most reliable telecommunications infrastructure available anywhere. It is immune to many environmental factors that affect copper cable. Fibre cable has a longer life than copper because it does not corrode. It can safely be run next to industrial equipment and generates no heat. Fibre is less susceptible to temperature fluctuations than copper and can be submerged in water.

Fibre does not lose the signal the way copper does over long distances. Because light signals don’t interfere with other fibres in the same cable, you get clearer conversations. Fibre is immune to electromagnetic interference and radio-frequency interference, crosstalk, and impedance problems.

Easy Deployment

Fibre is extremely small and flexible, which makes it easier to handle and install. It takes up much less space in cabling ducts, and can be hidden easily on the surfaces of walls in old buildings. Fibres can be packaged in a narrow ribbon, or inside a hollow plastic microduct less than 1/8 inch in diameter.  There are even thinner-than-hair fibre products that can be stuck with adhesive tape and then painted over. Fibre is easier to test than copper cable too.

Cost-effective

Fibre networks typically have very low operating costs– much less than copper. The most common FTTH network technology, GPON, uses no electronics – and no power – between the provider’s office and the customer premises, which minimises operating costs. Even optical networks that do require electronics in the field use far less power than copper networks do.

The cost for fibre cable, components, and hardware has decreased steadily over time. In the short run, fibre cable is more expensive than copper, but it works out much cheaper in the long run. Fibre has less maintenance costs, has less downtime, and requires less networking hardware. Advances in field termination technology have reduced the cost of fibre installation as well.

Data Security

As fibre does not radiate electromagnetic energy, fibre cable is literally impossible to tap. Should someone physically cut into the fibre, the cable will leak light and the breach will be detected instantly. All of which makes fibre the safest medium for carrying sensitive data.

Green

Fibre leaves a lower carbon footprint. The energy it takes to send an electrical signal over miles of wiring is typically dozens of times the energy needed to send a brief pulse of light over the same distance through fibre optical cables.

The raw materials used to make fibre –silicon from sand– is plentiful on earth whereas copper supplies are dwindling.