Wednesday, September 13, 2006

French Operator Illiad to spend 1 Billion Euros for Active Ethernet Deployment

French operator Iliad will deploy an "active Ethernet" strategy, where each household has a dedicated fiber connection, in its planned €1 billion (US$1.27 billion) fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout. The news article on LightReading may be found here.
Iliad plans to hook up 4 million buildings and serve up to 10 million customers with its fiber rollout, starting in Paris in early 2007 and then spreading to other major French cities. It will also make the network available via the "open access" network model in which the FTTH network is made available to service providers on a competitive basis.

This seems to be a big win for Active Ethernet technology in Europe. Active Ethernet has been already deployed in a smaller scale in Amsterdam. North America and Korea+Japan are inclining towards Passive Optical Network (PON) technology for FTTH.

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