Why FTTH? Why Now?

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FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home)

  • Has become a reality. Almost 3 million consumers now use direct fiber optic connections in the United States, more than 10 million in Japan, and about 15 million worldwide.
  • FTTH is also widely recognized as the optimal solution for providing broadband to new and existing communities alike. In fact, several thousand FTTH communities are flourishing. Why?
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  • FTTH offers more bandwidth and more flexibility than alternatives, at a similar price.
  • FTTH is the only technology that will deliver enough bandwidth, reliably and at a low enough cost, to meet the consumer demands of the next decade.
  • FTTH is affordable now, which is why hundreds of companies using hundreds of different business cases worldwide are racing to install it in thousands of locations.
  • FTTH is also the only technology that will meet the needs of the foreseeable future, when 3D, "holographic" high-definition television and games will be in everyday use.  Think 20 to 30 gigabytes per second in a decade.  Copper can't do even 1/1000th of that bandwidth, and then not for more than a few hundred yards.