Ultrafast access technologies

Ultrafast access technologies

  • December 2016 •
  • 37 pages •
  • Report ID: 4451685
FTTH – G.fast – DOCSIS 3.1: what trade-offs between cost, performance and sustainability

This report provides a state of the art of the different ultrafast Internet access networks available today:
- FTTH optical fibre networks;
- Upgraded cable networks with coax in the last mile;
- Copper twisted pair networks (phone lines).

This state of the art allows for a comparison of the different technologies’ technical performance, and to measure the pros and cons of each. The report gives readers a detailed snapshot of operators’ current ultrafast broadband rollouts and future plans, for each class of technology. It also delivers concise insights into the main technical, economic and strategic issues surrounding ultrafast access technologies.

Ultrafast broadband (UFB) technologies, which deliver download speeds of more than 1 Gbps over a fixed Internet connection, are currently available on three types of network: FTTH networks, networks with coaxial cable in the last mile and copper pair networks (over phone lines). If FTTH networks are now able to deliver speeds of 1 Gbps and up, cable networks need to upgrade to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard to be able to do so, and copper pair networks need to rely on G.fast technology. Fibre to the home (FTTH) is the overriding trend today, and the most future-proof as the technology will enable increasingly fast connections over time.

Altice,AT&T,Bright House Networks,BT,Cablevision,Cabovisão,CenturyLink,Charter Communications,Com Hem,Comcast,Cox,Deutsche Telekom,DirecTV,DNA,Euskaltel,Facebook,Google,Huawei,Kabel Deutschland Group,KBRO,LG U+,Liberty Global,Mediacom,NetCologne,Nokia,Nos,Numericable,ONO/Vodafone,Orange,Proximus,Rogers,SFR,SK Broadband,Suddenlink,Swisscom,Telecable,Telekom Austria,Telenet,Time Warner Cable/Charter,Unitymedia,Virgin Media,Voo,Windstream,Ziggo

Europe,USA,Latin America,Asia,Africa

The methods employed by IDATE’s teams of analysts and consultants are based on an approach that combines:
- research and validation of data collected in the field;
- the application of classic industry and market analysis tools: segmentation, competition analysis, strategic strengths, modelling, assessment and forecasts…;
- the expertise of specialists who contribute their own analytical capabilities and those of their network of market analysts.

This report provides a state of the art of the different ultrafast Internet access technologies available today. It is based on the standards that govern these different technologies and on the information that operators have released regarding these technologies. Rollout status is based on information operators have published on their deployments of the different technologies being examined in this report. It does not factor in operators’ unofficial projects. The future outlook provided for UFB technologies reflects IDATE’s point of view on these different technologies, and takes into account the telecom market’s technical, economic, regulatory and competition issues with respect to Internet access.


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