Fibre to the Home (FTTH) in Australia

FTTH (fibre to the home) has been deployed in multiple countries worldwide. Over 1 million households in the United States have been given this connection. Other countries aiming to provide their population with FTTH connections include Japan, Italy, India, United Kingdom, and many others in Europe. Australia has emerged as one of the most promising lands for fibre optics networks especially those catering the end users. FTTN (fibre to the node / neighbourhood) and FTTH networks have been integrated into thousands of homes and buildings and many projects and service providers continue to invest largely in updating their network structure to support FTTH and FTTN for their users.

The very first FTTH network in Australia was installed in 2001. The government has continuously been supporting the up gradation of the communication network. The previous Australian government set their goal to provide a jaw-dropping 93% of their population with at least fibre to the neighbourhood networks. A large fraction of these were to receive the ultimate FTTH integration. These networks were to provide the households speeds up to 1 Gbps. Fixed wireless and satellite communication was to be used to provide services to the rest of the 7%.

However, in 2013 Tony Abbott announced that ’25 megs’ were ‘more than enough’ for an average household. This meant that FTTH was a redundant connection and his announcement favoured the installation of the DSL network rather than the FTTH fibre optic communication medium. Fortunately, the newly elected Liberal / Nationals Government announced its own plan to pursue the FTTH dream. Their plan included the FTTH network to be extended to approx. 22% of the population, while 71% was to receive the FTTN infrastructure.


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