We define FTTdp deployments as roll-outs of fibre to intermediate points between street cabinets and subscribers’ premises. The definition excludes FTTB roll-outs where fibre is rolled out to basements of multiple dwelling units (MDUs). It also excludes cases where fibre is rolled out to just outside a single dwelling unit to avoid performing civil infrastructure work on the property.
The report provides recommendations for telcos on the circumstances under which it makes most sense to roll out an FTTdp architecture.
The report assesses the increasing interest in rolling out new technologies, SuperVector/Vplus or G.fast, from street cabinets.
The report compares the costs of FTTdp deployments with those of alternative architecture, and summarises the circumstances and countries that present the best opportunity for FTTdp roll-out.
It is based on several sources:
- Internal research, such as cost modelling of FTTdp roll-outs
- Interviews with stakeholders in the FTTdp ecosystem, for example, system-level vendors and operators.
New copper-based broadband technologies, such as G.fast, have prompted a debate about a new architecture for FTTx networks based on small remote nodes delivering gigabit speeds on established copper drops. Based on real case studies, this report assesses whether continuing improvements in copper technology make this necessary, and assesses where there might still be a case for this new architecture, and what the relative costs of full FTTP are.
This strategy report assesses:
- the potential for operators to offer speeds beyond those possible with VDSL vectoring from existing cabinet locations
- the impact that SuperVector/Vplus and G.fast technology developments will have on the market for FTTdp
- the costs that operators will face when rolling out FTTdp and how these costs compare with FTTH and FTTC deployment architecture
- the circumstances under which, and in which countries, FTTdp has the greatest prospects for deployment
- the overall market opportunity for FTTdp deployments.
Key Questions Answered in this Report
- What is the potential for operators to offer speeds beyond those possible with VDSL vectoring from existing cabinet locations?
- How will SuperVector/Vplus and G.fast technology developments affect the market for FTTdp?
- What costs will an operator face when rolling out FTTdp and how do these costs compare to FTTH and FTTC deployment architecture?
- Under which circumstances, and in which countries, does FTTdp have the greatest prospects for deployment?
- What is the overall market opportunity for FTTdp deployments?
Who Needs to Read This Report
- Executives in telcos deciding on network roll-out strategies.
- Management in cable operators looking to understand potential future roll-out strategies of telco competitors.
- Executives in fibre-optic cable vendors attempting to understand the size and timeline for the FTTdp market opportunity.
- Marketing executives in DSL and FTTH vendors attempting to understand how to position various technology options, such as SuperVector/Vplus