Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:54

Asia Pacific FTTH reaches 100 million, no thanks to OZ Featured

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With Australia having ditched FTTH for FTTN in many cases despite a reported similar cost as an FTTH rollout, Asia Pacific’s impressive 10-year milestone of 100 million connections sadly won’t be reaching 120 million via Australia any time soon.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific, with population densities often far greater than Australia’s in much smaller geographic groupings, have been flocking to FTTH or ‘Fibre-to-the-Home’ services.

The number has reached 100 million across the area, with the growth of content and demand for ever more bandwidth being credited with helping to boost take-up of the technology.

Much cheaper prices than Australia for broadband has surely helped, too.

It’s a major milestone, with analyst firm Ovum and its latest stats confirming the number, which was brought to the world’s attention by the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific, a body that unsurprisingly promotes and encourages the adoption of fiber technologies, although it seemingly hasn’t had as much success as it might have wanted in getting through to Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and NBN Co.

The FTTH Council Asia Pacific’s work, which includes ‘the sharing of accurate and unbiased information about regulatory policies, standards and best practice, is credited as contributing to the successful take up of FTTH services in the region.’

Julie Kunstler, Ovum’s Principal Analyst, said: “Asia-Pacific is leading the world in FTTH subscribers and this is a major milestone which represents a tremendous financial investment and a strong understanding of the future of networking infrastructure. It reflects the growth of content and the continuous demand for content.

“This region also reflects a wide range of deployment models – from strong government goals to innovative wholesale-retail models to crossing the digital divide with support for e-health and e-education in rural regions. In addition this major milestone was achieved through innovative solutions from fiber cabling suppliers along with component and equipment vendors.”

Although it clearly has ginormous amounts of work to still do in Australia, the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific has had a lot more success in boosting the number of FTTH subscribers across the AP region, with its latest 100 million connection milestone achievement come just ahead ahead of its ten-year anniversary next year.

Aside from ‘sharing relevant information in order to educate and promote’, the council says it ‘also works directly with network operators to ensure they have the confidence and resources to deploy FTTH.’

Sounds like it will have to work extra hard to get in the ear of Telstra, Optus, NBN Co, iiNet, Australia’s Federal Government and everyone else if it wants to see more FTTH in Australia.

The FTTH Council also organises a ‘number of seminars and workshops with guest speakers throughout the year’.

The Council’s President, Dr Bernard Lee, spoke at the FTTH Council’s two-day MENA conference, stating: “This achievement is the result of hard work carried out by all council parties, especially the board of directors who have gone beyond the call of duty in order to promote FTTH and the great benefits it can bring.

“When network operators in Asia-Pacific deploy FTTH they know that they will always have the FTTH Council standing by and we are extremely proud to have played a part in reaching such a significant milestone.”

The FTTH Council Asia-Pacific will hold its own annual conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, next May 2015 as part of its tenth anniversary.

Hasan Munasir Choudhury, GM of the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific, said: “This achievement emphasises the importance of the council’s work and we remain committed to ensuring operators have the resources and confidence to deploy the technology in a way that makes it accessible to all businesses and individuals.”

More info on the Council can be found here. 


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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