Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) refers to the reach of fiber within a home, e.g., a box on the outside wall of a house. FTTH comes from the family of “fiber to the x” terms that describe various types of broadband network architecture that use optical fiber to replace some or all of a metal local loop used for last mile telecommunications.

FTTH, like FTTB, is a form of fiber to the premise. More specifically, FTTH is a form of fiber optic communication delivery wherein the fiber reaches from a central office location to a subscriber’s working or living area. Once in the subscriber’s home, this signal can be conveyed in any number of ways including wireless, coaxial cable, power line communication, twisted pair, or optical fiber. FTTB, on the other hand, refers to a fiber optic communication delivery that terminates before reaching the workspace itself and is used to provide access to an entire building. FTTH technology allows users to access faster speeds than cable and DSL.

 
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AT&T to bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to North Carolina

AT&T has made North Carolina the next target for its fiber to the home (FTTH) 1 Gbps service with a particular focus on parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions.

Cincinnati Bell's wireless sale enhances its fiber-based broadband, business push

Cincinnati Bell's pending  sale of its wireless assets  may be a sign of the challenge regional wireless operators face in competing against behemoths like AT&T Mobility. But the other part of the story is that it will free up resources to enhance Fioptics, its growing consumer fiber-based broadband service, and its business and wholesale arms.

Cincinnati Bell sheds wireless assets for $210M, sharpens Fioptics, business service focus

Cincinnati Bell confirmed that it will sell its wireless spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless for $210 million, a move that should allow it to more effectively focus on its growing wireline-based Fioptics broadband offerings for consumers and small to medium businesses.

Ethernet entrepreneur and World Wide Packets founder Bernard Daines dies at 69

Bernard Daines, one of the early commercial Ethernet pioneers, passed away last Thursday morning after a long illness, reports  The Spokesman-Review. According to his brother Dan Daines, he would have been 70 on April 12.

Illinois asks Gigabit Squared to give back $2M grant

Illinois is the latest state finding itself entangled with Gigabit Squared, a startup focused on providing wireline-based fiber broadband connections to nine communities, reports the  Chicago Sun-Times.

Verizon claims NYC landlords are stunting FiOS rollouts

Verizon may see New York City as one of its key existing FiOS growth markets, but it claims that building owners are not letting the telco's crews install the service, reports  The New York World.

Google Fiber begins sign-up process for final four Provo neighborhoods

Google Fiber is encouraging potential customers who reside in the remaining four "fiberhoods" it set up in Provo, Utah, to sign up for service.

Verizon grows California, Massachusetts FiOS footprint to 2.4M homes and businesses

Verizon may have no immediate plans to enter new markets with FiOS, but in existing markets like California and Massachusetts, the service provider extended the service to a total of 2.4 million homes and businesses in 2013.

What lies ahead for Orange in Spain?

Orange may well have had an "oh no" moment when Vodafone revealed it had clinched a deal to buy Spanish broadband provider Ono for €7.2 billion, subject to the usual regulatory approvals. The purchase raises a number of questions for Orange's Spanish operations, not least with regard to its fixed-line strategy. It's still not fully clear what Orange will do about its fibre-to-the-home rollout plans. Orange and Vodafone had agreed to jointly roll out FTTH to up to 6 million homes, and initially committed to half that number between them

AT&T invests over $3.85B to enhance Dallas, Houston networks, increases U-verse reach

AT&T is making progress expanding its local wireless and wireline network capabilities in its home state of Texas, announcing that it invested more than $3.85 billion in both Dallas and Houston in 2013.