Swisscom is taking a page from the Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) and AT&T's (NYSE: T) fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) playbook with plans to offer its own 1 Gbps service to 1 million households in Switzerland's metro area households.
Serving as the engine behind this new network initiative is Alcatel-Lucent's 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM), which leverages point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology.
In addition to meeting consumers' near-term desire to support bandwidth-hungry streaming video and online gaming applications, the new network is part of Swisscom's broader goal to connect a third of the country's households with fiber-based broadband service by next year.
"In order to meet customer demand for increased speed and reinforce Swisscom's position as market leader we knew we needed a solution that could maximize the performance of our existing infrastructure for the delivery of ultra-broadband while also creating a foundation for future growth and higher speeds," said Heinz Herren, CIO and CTO at Swisscom, in a release.
FTTH continues to be a factor in Swisscom's broadband plans. This latest 1 Gbps deployment follows an earlier move made by the telco and its partner Lausanne Industrial Services (SiL) in 2012 to bring fiber-based broadband service to all of Lausanne buildings by 2017.
Besides FTTH, the telco is also testing fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) or fiber to the node (FTTN) in the municipality of Flerden.
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