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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Google Fiber secures pole deals with Oregon utilities, signaling FTTH buildout intentions

Google Fiber has struck deals with Oregon utility companies Portland General Electric and Pacific Power to get access to their poles to install fiber, overcoming a major barrier to deploy FTTH services in the state.

Hawaiian Telcom uses 1 Gig services to battle Time Warner Cable for SMB dollars

Hawaiian Telcom continues to extend its 1 Gbps GPON-based fiber broadband service to more residential customers, but the service provider is also seeing an opportunity to battle Time Warner Cable for small business customers.

AT&T's Stephens says 'holistic' fiber buildout will address business, wireless backhaul needs

AT&T's ongoing FTTH rollout may be designed to provide consumers and businesses with higher speeds, but the service provider is seeing additional benefits from build.

Hawaiian Telcom passes 190K homes with fiber

Hawaiian Telcom is taking charge of its next-gen broadband rollout, passing an additional 7,000 Oahu households with FTTH in the fourth quarter to bring its total to 190,000.

Lumos' FTTH connections rise 39% in RLEC territory

Lumos Networks may be mulling how to break itself into two separate companies-- the metro fiber company and its rural local exchange carrier operation-- but the provider continues to make progress with expanding its FTTP-based broadband customer base.

AT&T one-ups Google Fiber in Louisville, Ky. with plans to install 1 Gbps service

AT&T may be challenging Louisville, Ky.'s new utility pole access process, but it's not wasting time to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to parts of the city while holding up Google Fiber from gaining a foothold in the market.

ITU-T approves 40 Gbps passive optical networking standard

The next-generation passive optical networking movement took another step forward this week as the ITU-T has approved the G.989 series of standards for 40 Gbps-capable passive optical networks (NG-PON2).

Ting sets Sandpoint, Idaho as its next 1 Gbps broadband target

Ting is taking its 1 Gbps FTTH show to the Sandpoint, Idaho area with plans to offer the service to residents in the communities of Sandpoint, Dover, Ponderay and Kootenai.

PON deployments give broadband access sales $12B lift in 2015, says research firm

Service providers' adoption of PON technologies for FTTH deployments drove up the overall broadband access market in 2015 to $12 billion, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report. Due to strong deployments in China, particularly in CPE, PON revenue from three manufacturers-- Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent-- grew by 21 percent to over $6 billion in 2015.

Cincinnati Bell plans to pass 70K homes with fiber this year

Cincinnati Bell might start slowing down its FTTH rollout in 2017, but this year the telco is moving full steam ahead with plans to pass over 70,000 homes.