Europe's fibre to the premises dilemma

Despite the numerous benefits of a fibre to the premises network, the financial turmoil in Europe makes it an impractical luxury for the region's telcos.

The FTTH Council Europe’s recent event in London examined a number of interesting questions about the investment case for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), with many of them striking interesting parallels with the mobile industry’s push towards LTE. However, in the current economic climate, it seems unnecessarily dogmatic to espouse ubiquitous FTTP, particularly when the broader ecosystem and regulatory support is out of step with market realities. We left the event feeling that although deeper penetration of fibre into the network is a must, universal FTTH is an impractical luxury that telcos cannot really afford.

Fibre yes, but not necessarily to the home



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