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Friday, July 18, 2003


In Japan, increasing FTTX deployment is spurring increased ADSL deployment and lower prices

In Japan, increasing FTTX deployment is spurring increased ADSL deployment and lower prices

"TOKYO — In a bid05{der in high-speed Internet connection services, ADSL providers and fiber-optic carriers are engaged in fierce price-cutting competition ..."

more excerpts:

"ADSL providers are expected to offer 20-26 Mbps services this summer, up from the current 12 Mbps. The price of 12 Mbps ADSL subscription, including modem rental, is 3,500-5,000 yen per month ..."

"Meanwhile, the price of 100 Mbps fiber-optic services [i.e., fiber to the user] has dropped sharply since the spring of this year to around 5,400 yen per month ..."


($1.00 = 119 Yen)

Meanwhile power utility giant Tokyo Electric is deploying a hybrid fiber/wireless system

"The plan entails the leading utility firm linking its fiber-optic network, installed on utility poles and other facilities, to customers' homes via wireless communications, making it unnecessary to run cables into homes, the officials said."

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