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Ultrafast Access Technologies: FTTH - G.fast - DOCSIS 3.1 - What Trade-offs Between Cost, Performance and Sustainability

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Ultrafast Access Technologies: FTTH - G.fast - DOCSIS 3.1 - What Trade-offs Between Cost, Performance and Sustainability
Published: December 1, 2016 Content info: 37 Pages
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This report provides a state of the art of the different ultrafast Internet access networks available today:

  • FTTH optical fibre networks;
  • Upgraded cable networks with coax in the last mile,
  • Copper twisted pair networks (phone lines).

This state of the art allows for a comparison of the different technologies' technical performance, and to measure the pros and cons of each.

The report gives readers a detailed snapshot of operators' current ultrafast broadband rollouts and future plans, for each class of technology.

It also delivers concise insights into the main technical, economic and strategic issues surrounding ultrafast access technologies.

Table of Contents
Product Code: M16505IN3

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Methodology and definitions

  • 2.1. General methodology of IDATE reports
  • 2.2. Methodology specific to this report
  • 2.3. Definitions

3. Superfast and ultrafast technologies

  • 3.1. The different technical fixed line solutions capable of supplying a 1 Gbps connection
  • 3.2. Optical fibre
    • 3.2.1. A Fibre to the Home network
    • 3.2.2. The different FTTH network architectures
    • 3.2.3. Connection speeds available with FTTH
    • 3.2.4. Deploying FTTH optical fibre
  • 3.3. Networks with coaxial cable in the last mile
    • 3.3.1. Networks with coaxial cable in the last mile
    • 3.3.2. The DOCSIS standard
    • 3.3.3. DOCSIS 3.1: entering the Gigabit race
    • 3.3.4. Connection speeds available on the different network architectures
    • 3.3.5. FTTB/FTTLA network rollout constraints
  • 3.4. Copper pair networks
    • 3.4.1. An xDSL access network
    • 3.4.2. VDSL2
    • 3.4.3. VDSL2 rollout constraints
    • 3.4.4. Upgrading copper pair networks: Vectoring, G.fast
    • 3.4.5. Shortening copper lines
    • 3.4.6. Factors that influence maximum speeds on copper pair networks
  • 3.5. Issues surrounding the different fixed SFB technologies
    • 3.5.1. The transition from copper/coaxial technologies to FTTH

4. Rollout status and player strategies

  • 4.1. SFB rollouts using the copper pair
    • 4.1.1. Vectoring
    • 4.1.2. Shortening copper lines and G.fast
  • 4.2. DOCSIS 3.1 deployments
  • 4.3. FTTH rollouts

5. Outlook for UFB technologies

  • 5.1. Operators' strategies in terms of CAPEX
  • 5.2. "Sharing" copper lines for G.fast
  • 5.3. Are telephone lines obsolete?

Tables

  • Table 1: Comparison of the two PON technologies' properties
  • Table 2: Connection speeds and corresponding technical properties (indicative)
  • Table 3: Maximum connection speeds marketed by cable companies in the countries being examined
  • Table 4: Comparison of fixed SFB solutions' key parameters
  • Table 5: Theoretical maximum connection speeds supplied by Wi-Fi and Ethernet (by version)

Figures

  • Figure 1: Connecting optical fibre in the home: the example of an intermediate device between optical fibre and the subscriber box
  • Figure 2: The two main types of FTTH access network
  • Figure 3: Maximum distance a GPON optical fibre can reach, according to class (approx.)
  • Figure 4: Frequency spectrum on a cable network (EuroDOCSIS 3.0)
  • Figure 5: Architecture of an FTTB/ FTTLA network with coaxial link in the last mile
  • Figure 6: Frequencies used by the DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 standards
  • Figure 7: DSL technology access networks
  • Figure 8: Spectral width used by the different DSL technologies
  • Figure 9: Estimated evolution of the connection speeds supplied by the different copper pair, according to distance to the cabinet
  • Figure 10: Evolution of the different copper pair technologies, available connection speeds and maximum line length
  • Figure 11: How G.fast performs with/without Vectoring
  • Figure 12: Deutsche Telekom's different hybrid fibre/copper architectures
  • Figure 13: Suitability of VDSL-based solutions according to optical termination point
  • Figure 14: Outlook for connection speeds supplied by each type of technology in 2020
  • Figure 15: RFoG architecture from a cable network CMTS, with coax in the last mile
  • Figure 16: DOCSIS network architecture with a DPoE section
  • Figure 17: Evolution of subscribers and broadband products: cable companies vs. telcos
  • Figure 18: Map of cities with DOCSIS 3.1 " Gigabit" connections supplied by Comcast (and upcoming)
  • Figure 19: Google Fibre rollouts
  • Figure 20: Status of different current and future (medium-term) UFB technologies
  • Figure 21: Comparison of the different CAPEX required for FTTH and FTTDP rollouts

Companies referenced in this report

  • Altice
  • AT&T
  • Bright House Networks
  • BT
  • Cablevision
  • Cabovisão
  • CenturyLink
  • Charter Communications
  • Com Hem
  • Comcast
  • Cox
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DirecTV
  • DNA
  • Euskaltel
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Huawei
  • Kabel Deutschland Group
  • KBRO
  • LG U+
  • Liberty Global
  • Mediacom
  • NetCologne
  • Nokia
  • Nos
  • Numericable
  • ONO/Vodafone
  • Orange
  • Proximus
  • Rogers
  • SFR
  • SK Broadband
  • Suddenlink
  • Swisscom
  • Telecable
  • Telekom Austria
  • Telenet
  • Time Warner Cable/Charter
  • Unitymedia
  • Virgin Media
  • Voo
  • Windstream
  • Ziggo

Slideshow contents

  • Ultrafast access technologies
  • Outlook for ultrafast technologies
  • Status of ultrafast network rollouts
  • Ultrafast access strategies
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