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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Vodafone Italy plans FTTH for 27 cities

Vodafone Italia will bring its fiber to the home service to 27 cities in the country, offering eligible users up to 30/3 Mbps speeds. To entice subscribers, the service provider is offering the fiber-based broadband service for the same price as its existing ADSL service for six months.

NBN Co.'s CEO Mike Quigley to retire

Mike Quigley, NBN Co.'s CEO, is retiring from the company after leading the team that is building out and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). Quigley will continue to serve as CEO until the company's board finds a suitable replacement.

NBN Co. meets FTTH deployment goal, but competitors want lower wholesale prices

NBN Co., the public-private company building out Australia's National Broadband Network, said that it has met its revised end-of-year target of 190,000 to 220,000 homes passed by its fiber to the home rollout. However, a key wholesale customer is threatening to abandon the NBN over its prices.

TIM Brasil to reach 40,000 km fiber route milestone in 2013

An executive with Brazil-based operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) said the carrier expects to deploy a total 40,000 km of fiber-optic networks in the country by the end of 2013, and reach 50,000 km within the next two years, TeleGeography reports.

Telefonica signs fiber sharing pact with Vodafone, Orange in Spain

Telefonica has crafted an agreement with two of its main competitors--Vodafone and Orange--to share vertical fiber network infrastructure in buildings they serve throughout Spain.

TDS' Fiberville program lures subscribers to IPTV, FTTH

TDS Telecom has taken a page from Google Fiber's "Fiberhood" concept by rolling out its "Fiberville" pre-registration campaign in Concord and parts of Knoxville, Tenn., where it plans to offer 100 Mbps fiber to the home and TDS TV services.

TDS offers 100 Mbps option in Tennessee, Minnesota FTTH markets

TDS Telecom, the wireline subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is offering its fiber to the home broadband customers in Halls and La Vergne, Tenn., and Monticello, Minn., a new 100 Mbps speed option.

Gigabit Squared to offer $80 1 Gbps FTTH service in Seattle

Gigabit Squared, an economic development organization focused on bringing IT-enabled infrastructure to communities, has revealed the pricing plans for the fiber to the home network services in Seattle it will launch in 2014.

Report: Vodafone adds Fastweb to shopping wish list

Hot on the heels of its approach to Kabel Deutschland, Vodafone is also eyeing a possible acquisition of Italian broadband provider Fastweb as part of its quad-play push, according to a  Bloomberg report, although both Vodafone and Fastweb parent Swisscom declined to comment on the report.

France's FTTH base rises by 50,000 in first quarter, ARCEP says

France continues to make headway with fiber to the home, adding 50,000 subscribers in Q1 2013, according to its telecom regulator ARCEP--up almost 70 percent over the same period in 2012.