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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VTel debuts 1 Gbps symmetrical FTTH service for $35

Vermont's Vtel has entered the 1 Gbps fiber to the home symmetrical speed race, serving up a $35 a month offering for rural consumer and business customers.

Bell Aliant challenges Eastlink, Rogers by scaling existing FTTH tiers

Bell Aliant is making its FibreOP brand even more competitive with area cable operators Eastlink and Rogers by upping all of its existing speed tiers for free.

VDSL2 drives broadband market growth to 643 million subs in 2012, says Point Topic

Fiber to the home may be the last-mile endgame, but hybrid copper/fiber-based VDSL and VDSL2 drove up the number of broadband subscribers worldwide to more than 643 million, a new Point Topic report reveals.

Comparing broadband pricing: where do AT&T, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell and others stand?

How different are broadband subscription prices among U.S. wireline providers? With the continuing competitive challenges brought by cable operators, a key metric of choice among telcos like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon and other independent incumbents is in how they price their services. (Image source: iStockPhoto)

GVT ups Brazil's FTTH competition with 150 Mbps service

GVT has introduced a 150 Mbps tier for its fiber to the home service offering in Brazil, exceeding its previous 100 Mbps limit and boosting its competitiveness with Telefonica's Vivo.

France Telecom-Orange unveils new FTTH prices in Spain

France Telecom-Orange España, France Telecom's subsidiary serving Spain, has debuted fiber to the home services near the La Vaguada shopping center and a new set of fiber-based service tariffs.

Shentel to bring FTTH to Wythe County, Va.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, an Edinburg, Va.-based independent telco and cable operator, will equip Rural Retreat in Wythe County, Va. with fiber to the home this fall.

France Telecom, SFR to deploy FTTH in Paris suburbs

France Telecom and SFR have jointly signed a new agreement with France's central government and Ile-de-France region to bring fiber to the home to major Paris suburbs by the year 2020.

Telcos see 20% operational savings with all-fiber networks, says FTTH Council

Upgrading their last-mile networks to fiber to the home helped small- and medium-sized telcos see an average operational cost savings of 20.4 percent annually, a new FTTH Council Americas report said.

Telecom New Zealand rolls out UFB FTTH services to 12 cities, towns

Telecom New Zealand said on Thursday it will begin offering Ultra-Fast Broadband services directly to consumers, businesses and schools in the country.