FTTx roll–out and capex in developed economies
European telcos will spend a further USD41bn on FTTx
by 2016 if they stick to current plans. But behind this figure there lie huge
variations in coverage, speed of roll-out, technology mix and per capita
investment between national markets. So what is the optimal way forward?
Telcos have regarded next-generation cable broadband as their biggest
single threat to their broadband businesses. However as our new report argues,
4G / LTE means that time to market, not insuperable speed, should be the single
most important factor in fixed operators' next-generation access strategy. LTE
looks like a genuine threat to ADSL, and telcos need to differentiate.
FTTC/VDSL is a financially viable options to combat this, and will deliver
faster results than FTTH.
Analysys Mason also suggests that operators should consider the benefits of further
FTTx roll-out in rural areas. By improving the performance and reach of copper
- using methods including pair-bonding, vectoring and phantom mode - they could
find a cost-effective way to extend the availability of their superfast
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