What is FTTH?
Connecting homes and businesses directly to fiber optic cable enables enormous improvements in the bandwidth that can be provided to consumers. Current fiber optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. Further, as cable modem and DSL providers are struggling to squeeze increments of higher bandwidth out of their technologies, ongoing improvements in fiber optic equipment are constantly increasing available bandwidth without having to change the fiber. That’s why fiber networks are said to be “future proof.”
The Consumer Experience
FTTH networks are now available to more than 15 percent of homes, and more than 5.3 million households across North America are now connected directly into high-speed, high-bandwidth fiber networks. Thousands more connections being made every day. As FTTH service providers continue their deployments and add customers, we are now getting a glimpse of what the new era of next-generation broadband will mean for the consumers who use them.
Just as the evolution from dial-up Internet to DSL and cable modem brought in a variety of innovations and applications — such as You Tube and Skype — so, too, will the leap to symmetrical bandwidth of 100 megabits per second and more. FTTH is already having an impact on how people live, work and play. How will it change your life?
Fiber for Rural America
Thanks to Verizon's $23 billion investment in its FiOS deployment, fiber to the home is growing robustly in many of the nation's densely populated metropolitan areas. But there is another story, and that is the growing popularity of FTTH among small telephone companies and other entities that are looking to bring next-generation broadband to rural areas, small towns and expanding exurban markets. There are hundreds of companies that are upgrading to FTTH, with an eye toward defending their markets by transforming themselves into 21st century communications companies. FTTH is not a metro phenomenon — it's everywhere and will be coming to a town near you in the not-too-distant future!