LTE can replace DSL, but can it also replace FTTH?

Thursday 22 September 2011 | 14:35 CET | Author: Tim Poulus | Market Commentary
TranSwitch has announced a new router, called the 'LTE Fixed Wireless Residential Gateway Solution'. The company notes that, to date, residential broadband access has been the "exclusive domain" of wireline operators. However, LTE is a "game changer" that will allow mobile operators to offer equivalent services such as VoIP, high-speed internet and IP video to residential customers. Vodafone Germany announced already in August plans to migrate its DSL customers to LTE, in order to save on the wholesale costs of taking DSL network services from Telekom Deutschland. This underlines the

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Categories: General
Companies: Alcatel-Lucent USA/FR / Reggefiber / Tele2 / Telekom Deutschland / T-Mobile / TranSwitch / Vodafone
Countries: Netherlands / Sweden / World
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Thank for this information. But, I still confuse, about the investment for LTE and FTTH. Which are the cheaper ? Your information about my question will help me to invest the new solution for our company and our customers. Thanks a lot
Dumoli Sirait @ 25/3/2014 - 10:01

Dear Tim, Its wouldn't be appropriate to give such a sweeping statement with unwarranted assumption "LTE can replace DSL", unless its for an evening news paper. You must specify bandwidth/customer you are referring to with respect to technology. Agreed that LTE can provide high speeds but as the network starts getting loaded/shared, performance will drop down and adding more sites will render business case void. That is why marketers are resorting to "Conditions Apply" and "Speeds Up to" words with small fonts. Comparing this situation with VDSL2, incumbent operators are targeting IPTV customers (guaranteed 20 to 40Mbps/customer), offering bundled services and ensuring revenues which are not guaranteed for foreseeable future with LTE only. I can agree however that for CLECs who have to pay heavily to incumbent operators for fixed access may consider LTE to keep their business sustainable, but can they be competitive enough for services which are going to be provided by fixed access incumbent is not a difficult question to answer. Current DSL generation (the FTTx) is precursor to complete FTTH and remains cost effective for ILECs enjoying huge market share. LTE in terms of fixed access can be considered for low speed xDSL services or rural areas where no fixed network available or no market BW demand growth expected in near future. In nutshell, LTE should be seen as complementary solution to FTTx to provided nextgen services. Best Regards, Mansoor
Mansoor Ahmed @ 25/9/2011 - 10:46

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