A Smart Revolution of FTTH

FTTH (Fiber to the Home) is the most advanced technology for constructing the next generation of communication networks around the world. Until now, more than 200 million homes have deployed fiber connections. Many European countries, such as Lithuania, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Latvia are approaching near universal access to fiber. Outside Europe, USA, China and Japan have been reaching more FTTH subscribers. In April of 2016, the FTTH Council Europe, an industry organization dedicated to accelerating the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high-speed access networks, has set its main objectives to support the wide adoption of FTTH in the further. It seems FTTH is not only about speed, but a revolution in optical networks. This article will present a review of FTTH to depict a smart revolution of FTTH applications.

What Is FTTH?

FTTH can be defined as the installation of optical fiber from the final connection to the individual premises to provide unprecedented high-speed Internet access. FTTH is very different from FTTB (Fiber to the Building). FTTB is an access network architecture using optical fiber to connect the subscriber’s building, but a physical medium to connect individual subscriber premises. While FTTH provides direct connection to individual premises, thus dramatically increases the connection speeds available to computer users. Recently, the improved procedures, innovative tools and components, and labor-saving methods greatly reduce the investment requirements of FTTH. Besides, the growing maturity of the industry and its supply chain also contribute lots. With reduction of deployment cost, it is promising that FTTH can expand the worldwide sooner.

Why We Need FTTH?

FTTH is the only type of fixed-line access network solution that is truly proofed against all future developments and eventualities. FTTH is unique because it removes all the bottlenecks that slow the performance of other types of network. It can offer higher speed, better reliability, greater bandwidth as well as lower operating costs.

Can you imagine that downloading large files in the time it takes you to make a bag of microwave popcorn? Well, the FTTH with a 1Gbps connection has made it possible. With FTTH, you can achieve at least 10 times faster on download speeds and 20 times faster on upload speeds than with ADSL networks.

In addition, the broadband over copper cables in cable television networks or telephone networks is very unreliable and it is difficult and time-consuming to solve the problem when a fault occurs. But fiber can overcome this problem. An all-fiber network can easily detect the fault and pinpoint the cause and even the location of the fault remotely without the need to dispatch a technician.

Besides, FTTH can also meet the increasing bandwidth requirements per household as more activities are carried out online. The four members in a connected family can watch video, play online games or just chatting to friends over the Internet by using different devices separately at the same time, such as a television, tablet, computer or smart phone. With the deployment of FTTH, the number of applications and devices that require machine connectivity is ever increasing.

In further construction, fiber costs about the same as copper. So why not consider FHHT with high speed, good reliability and great bandwidth? In addition, these superior qualities of FTTH result in lower operating costs without paying technicians on standby to fix problems.

Application of FTTH in the Future

The development of smart system has become essential for utilities and consumers to support load growth, new environmental standards and keep consumer costs at reasonable levels. FTTH is a key element to connect smart consumer devices to the local utilities smart network. With the deployment of FTTH, more smart applications can be found in health care, entertainment and cities.

Health Care

Have you ever imagined being able to access a personal trainer online? Or having medical consultation in your home? Or in-home monitoring without the need for nursing home care? All of these can be achieved in FTTH solutions. This idea can not only reduce health care costs, but also makes it easier for patients to access medical services. It is the best choice to distribute medicinal resources and share digital patient information.


In the new world of entertainment, you can watch anything you want on any screen at any time. Linear and broadcast television are being replaced by video-on-demand. Fiber access is vital for the future of television to accommodate the growing bandwidth demand generated by on-demand entertainment. Optical technology not only provides extremely high audio and video quality with an unlimited number of channels, it also offers interactivity and makes additional features possible. Multiple streams can be viewed and recorded simultaneously and video-on-demand is easily accessible.


Many European cities aspire to smartness by linking inhabitants and systems, transporting information seamlessly, reliably and instantly. FTTH solution is the right way to support smart cities with the reliability and the scalable capacity. In smart cities, real-time traffic information is sent to an ambulance driver; the location of underground gas mains to a construction foreman; remote access to lessons are helpful for a sick at-home ten-year-old child; the arrival time of the next bus is told; the location of the nearest taxi or nearest parking space can be guided, and etc.


Optical technology with unlimited speeds can empower the development of a flow of new services and content that enhances the quality of life, contributes to a better environment and increases competitiveness. We believe that FTTH, the only ac knowledgeable future-proof technology, is a revolution for a sustainable future when it comes to speed, reliability, bandwidth capacity and operating costs.

This article originates from http://www.cwdm-dwdm-oadm.com/blog/a/74/A-Smart-Revolution-of-FTTH.

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