FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) is the ultimate in broadband connection, but despite its possible benefit establish/old economics are slow to roll out the technology. Reasons for their lack lustre approach is: its cost too much; it will take too long to see the return on investment; it’s not needed, these and many other reasons are sighted for the low penetration of Fibre in the UK. Based on data from the FTTH Council Europe the UK is far away from those countries leading in rolling out fibre-to-the-Home broadband.
O2 is set to join the likes of BT and Virgin media in offering fibre optic broadband service. According to the Cable website, O2 will launch a commercial trial before the end of this year. Felix Geyr, the companies managing director, said they are making sure “the right customer experience” is in place before the pilot starts.
Intel is on its way to making intra-home communications between devices travel at the speed of light- literally. At this year’s developers forum they demonstrated a new fibre optic solution called Light Peak. Intel believes that with the current demand that our lifestyle and applications place on the current solutions (HDMI, Powerline Ethernet, USB, FireWire, DVI and DisplayPort) they soon will not be able to keep up.