Panel I: Operator Investment Directions for FTTH and Access Networks

Wednesday, 09 March 11:30 – 13:00
Theater I

Session Description:

The world changed for fixed network operators during the pandemic. End user behaviors permanently increased traffic demand and changed traffic patterns. While existing access networks coped reasonably well, operators are facing critical investment decisions. Should operators increase investment in existing copper-based DSL and coax-based HFC networks, or should they be redirecting capex from these to accelerate PON FTTH? Will operators finally leverage PON infrastructure at large scale for mobile transport and SLA-based business services? What speeds will be required in this decade, 10G, 25G, 50G? The pandemic has also laid bare the digital divide and the U.S. government in particular is allocating massive subsidies for rural networks. How should these funds be spent? How much will be/should be diverted from fiber to fixed wireless access and satellite broadband? And what is the prognosis for PON-based 5G transport and business services? What is the new roadmap for beyond 10G PON: 25G, 50G…