Wednesday, 09 March
11:30 – 13:00
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. Many are accelerating FTTH, redirecting capex from copper-based DSL and coax-based HFC networks. The pandemic has also laid bare the digital divide and the U.S. government is allocating massive subsidies for rural networks. Fixed wireless access and satellite broadband will compete with fiber there. And while most operators are evolving to 10G PON, 25G PON and 50G PON technologies will play an important role in this decade.