Connectivity Is Becoming a Basic Need

The market is very clear here: Connectivity is a basic need. Broadband provision with Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is becoming just as important as the electricity and water supply. R&M explains why.

Everyone is expecting broadband

For some time now, hundreds of millions of people have been changing their behavior. They are learning to communicate with apps – constantly and conveniently – whether they are on the move or at home on a tablet or PC. They are working, holding conferences, learning, shopping, and meeting friends virtually in their own homes. All this developed into a new standard in 2020 with the onset of the corona pandemic, although it is still often accompanied by restrictions. There was a lack of fast, stable Internet connections for everyone.

  • Some trends have been emerging for some time.

Video on Demand and streaming services have been enjoying growing demand for years. Online gaming is booming. And there are even more data-intensive IP applications breaking into our homes. What we are experiencing now is only the tip of the iceberg. That is certainly the opinion of Jeff Gavlinski, Head of Marketing at cloud provider Calix, as he explained at a fiber forum in July 2020.

Consumers naturally assume that broadband is available everywhere for the many online services – a constant availability they are familiar with from the water and electricity supply.

  • Some trends are now gathering strength.

In 2020, the business world recognized the benefits of remote working in an impressive way. Telecom provider Verizon observed that online collaboration with customers rose by 1200 % due to the pandemic. The industrial, office, and marketing world discovered the disruptive possibilities of virtual fairs and artificial intelligence.

Salespeople are increasingly working at home instead of visiting customers. In September 2020, McKinsey reported: Before the pandemic, more than half the companies surveyed worldwide preferred personal customer visits; today, that remains true for just one-fifth of companies. And 80 % of the companies also want to retain most of the new distribution models in post-pandemic times.

For more information and background reports, read the specialist magazine CONNECTIONS no. 59.

Many need broadband and more than 100 Mbit/s

Sales representatives need stable, broadband Internet access to give impressive presentations from their home office and take part in live conferences with their customers. Engineers and marketers need fast lines in their home office to be able to ensure smooth production on remote servers.

However, Internet access at home is often limited to download speeds of under 100 Mbit/s, with upload speeds even lower. Modern teleworking, however, requires as fast an upstream as possible. The traditional architecture of the «last mile» to the subscriber has not yet been designed to cope with an era of mass teleworking.

Sector insiders from WIK-Consult showed in an exemplary forecast for the German market where exactly the bar is set. It suggests that in 2025 almost 75 % of households will be needing bandwidths of more than 500 Mbit/s.

Then at the latest, households will be needing symmetric transmission with high availability, a low packet loss rate, and low latency. Providers can only guarantee this with fiber optic cabling systems to the home. In the future, it will be part of the basic supply, just like electricity and water.

Efficient planning of FTTH

Fiber to the Home is on the rise, a fact confirmed by analyses of the FTTH Council Europe and by Research and Markets. Telecommunication companies, municipalities, and utilities regularly face challenges, however, when it comes to expanding finely structured FO networks in residential areas.

There is no one, universal solution for the FO broadband supply of a town or region. Furthermore, FTTH networks are to be rolled out efficiently and cost-effectively. R&M provides the necessary know-how and, with R&Mfoxs, the program for FTTX networks.

The following aspects should be considered in order to plan FTTH projects efficiently: Farsighted design from the central office into the building

  • Evaluation and comparison of the suitable technology
  • Possibilities of convergence, for example with 5G
  • Scope for growth and consolidation
  • Congruent, modular range for all network levels
  • Minimal installation effort, pre-termination

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