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Circumventing subscription issues is an FTTH must

By Max Burkhalter
August 21, 2013

Implementing fiber-to-the-home infrastructure is an expensive prospect for telecoms. At the same time, it is also fairly difficult to generate revenue through FTTH after the network has been put into place. This has created a situation in which many FTTH systems are only built when they are subsidized by government bodies. The issue comes from challenges getting people to subscribe to the network, but effective strategic planning can help telecoms work around the subscription-related issues that come from FTTH installation.

Subscription problems in the FTTH landscape
Most internet users want websites to load fast so that they may be able to stream HD video and download large amounts of data fairly quickly. Playing video games online is also adding to the demand for broadband in consumer markets.

On top of all of this, many households are entering a multi-device environment in which one family member may be playing a video game with a friend through the network, another may be video chatting with a tablet and a third streaming video on a laptop. This usage model requires high-performance networks.

FTTH and similar fiber-based networks are designed with the idea of the multi-device household in mind. As most telecom networks are designed, internet performance is not only impacted by a single household's performance, but also by the other homes connecting to a single node. A home where multiple devices are being used for data-rich functions at the same time can get by without fiber now. However, when more households embrace multi-device setups, the need for FTTH will become clear.

This leaves telecoms with a major problem problem - most consumers will not pay more for better network performance unless they really need it. Instead, they generally wait until the new network capability is mainstream enough to be available at a fairly normal cost. combine this with the fact that only isolated households are currently using so much bandwidth and you have a recipe for low subscription rates.

Working around the subscription issue
The overarching problem is that telecoms need to get going on FTTH to meet future capacity demands, but also need to maintain enough profits to stay afloat until FTTH gains subscription steam. One of the best ways to do this is to reduce the amount of money being spent on network deployment. Fiber to Ethernet media converters can be an ideal tool in this area. They not only resolve compatibility issues in the network, but do so while offering advanced capabilities and keeping costs under control.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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