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Thursday, October 02, 2003


Bell Canada CEO describes FTTH as a "daunting prospect" economically

"Sabia described FTTH as a 'daunting prospect' economically because 'there is no Moore's law for fiber trenching.' However, the fundamental direction over the long term is to push fiber deeper into the network."

That's a great quote and it highlights what we've been telling potential municipal FTTH utilities -- the outside plant should be the focus of their attention more than the electronics, since 80% to 90% of their expenditure will be on fiber cable plant materials and construction. The biggest of these costs can easily be make-ready costs (replacing crowded poles, moving things around on others).

Careful pole-by-pole design work by designers (like Fiber Planners) familiar with power region construction can cut make-ready costs by 90% and overall project costs by 10% to 20% on the aerial portion of the project.


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