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Fiber to the Premises

Fiber to the Premises

Fiber to the premises (FTTP) is the installation of optical fiber direct to individual buildings such as single-family units, multidwelling units, and businesses to provide high-speed broadband access. FTTP dramatically increases connection speeds and reliability for broadband networks compared to legacy copper infrastructure.

Corning helps network operators stay ahead of demand for high-bandwidth capabilities, so you can deliver on the promise of emerging applications – with solutions that accelerate deployment, improve network performance, and minimize costs. Our FTTP innovations, developed with direct input from our customers, have already delivered fiber connectivity to more than 100 million homes around the world.

In EMEA some countries have completed their FTTP builds while some not even started, and there is a wide dispersion of FTTP deployment methods.  The demands placed on optical connectivity solutions are increasing with the added complexity of mobile network densification and convergence. FTTP solutions from Corning have been a key enabler for many large-scale FTTP deployments and are ready to meet future challenges as networks evolve.

What is Fiber to the Home?

  • What does Fiber to the Premises mean?

    Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), also called fiber to the home (FTTH), is the installation and use of optical fiber from the telecom operator's central office or point of presence (POP) to individual subscriber buildings. This could be private customers in residences or single family units (SFU) or apartment buildings often referred as multidwelling units (MDU) and businesses (i.e., non-residential) buildings to provide unprecedented high-speed access to the internet.

  • What are the advantages of fiber optic cables and fiber to the premises?

    Optical fiber can transmit data almost at the speed of light and provides faster speed and higher bandwidth than known legacy networks using copper wires. Transmission limits are mainly set by the active equipment in use, which means the fiber optic cables provide a future-proof media that requires network updates. This can be done by exchanging the transmission equipment at the network end points and do not require expensive outside plant network and cable installation  which is found to be the most expensive part of the network construction.

  • Does 5G replace FTTH?

    We believe that 5G won’t replace Fiber to the Home but it will, in fact, supplement FTTH. Operators can take advantage of the significant overlap between the coverage and footprint requirements of 5G and fixed access networks when using a multiple fiber-based converged network approach compared to building physically separated networks.

  • What is the future of fiber optics networks?

    With a consumers' mindset requesting an “always on” and "at any device convergence," network operators need to ensure they deliver on those expectations. This drives the need for a continuous miniaturization of network elements, the ability to bring fiber “virtually everywhere” and the ease of installation and maintaining those optical links at lowest cost. Corning’s innovations help address each of those challenges by increasing density of optical cable with its MiniXtend® cable product range and the Evlov® Hardened Connectivity solution  or its EDGE8® solution used in edge data centers that help in reducing latency and network congestions in optical networks. 

  • What optical fibers or optical fiber cables are used for fiber to the home?

    Due to the transmission distances in access networks of single- to double-digit km ranges, single-mode fibers or OS2 (according to standard ITU.D.652D like Corning® SMF-28e®) are the most commonly used fiber in FTTH networks. Additionally, fiber products have realized improvements around bend and loss to ease laying cables at customer premises (reflected in ITU.D.657.A and B such as Corning® SMF-28® Ultra fiber or Corning® ClearCurve® optical fiber).

  • What is fiber optics and how does it work?

    Optical fibers are long, thin strands of very pure glass with a diameter of about a human hair. Those fibers are bundled and protected by fiber optic cables that provide different levels of protection to keep the optical fiber free of stress and allow for optimal signal transmission throughout the life span of the fiber link.

Corning was one of three founding companies

Corning was one of three founding companies

In the year 2000, Corning was one of three companies that founded the first FTTH Council. In the meantime, five global FTTH council members formed an Global Alliance (FCGA) aiming to accelerate fiber to the home adoption around the world and promote the benefits of fiber access across the continents.

Please find the link to the FTTH Council close to you:
Fiber to the Home Council Europa         
Digital Council Africa        
Fiber Connect Council Middle East & North Africa                       


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