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Orange enabling FTTH

According to the French telco, the number of connected devices and screens per household has risen from 4 in 2009 to 6.5 in 2014, with forecasts indicating up to 13 screens per household by 2022. Consequently, introducing FTTH is a necessary step in ensuring maximising broadband speeds can be achieved to manage the bandwidth demand of said devices.

Over the next 7 years, Orange is targeting deployment growth of 4 million fibre-connected households in April 2015, to 12 million in 2018, and 18 million by 2022Orange reckons the final roll-outs in 2022 will see nearly 60% of all French households connected directly to fibre, and says speeds of up to 1Gbps are already available to fibre-connected homes.

Enabling FTTH is as much a civil engineering challenge as it is a technological one. Traditional broadband delivery networks typically utilise existing copper infrastructure around the last 100 meters to deliver connectivity; which ultimately leads to a loss of speed and signal strength, the further away the premises is from the and of the fibre network. Dieter Verdegem, director of product management at TE Connectivity, reckons operators are realising that FTTH and introducing faster broadband access speeds is an unavoidable trend.

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Source: Telecoms

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