Are telecom operators waiting for price drop in FTTH technologies?





Global telecom operators are waiting for price reduction in FTTH equipments, according to Infonetics Research.





Though vendors’ expectations are high for a third wave of FTTH deployments using next generation technologies, FTTH trials and deployments will be slow to materialize.





Operators know they will have to keep pace with growing bandwidth demands. But for the most part, respondents will not replace existing FTTH technologies until the pricing of next generation technologies — including 10G EPON, XGPON1 (asymmetric 10G PON), and WDM-PON — reaches parity with current equipment prices,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access at Infonetics Research.  





Increased bandwidth per subscriber is the top reason operators will ultimately deploy next generation FTTH technologies, followed by the delivery of IPTV and broadcast video.





The features most often cited by carriers as required in an FTTH ONT were VoIP, 802.11n, and HPNA, signaling a continued shift away from basic bridge devices to integrated residential gateways.





Calix was the vendor most often cited by carriers as one of the top 3 FTTH vendors.





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