Fibre to Home
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Fibre to Home

Fiber to the home (FTTH), also called fiber to the premises (FTTP), is the installation and use of optical fiber from a central point directly to individual buildings such as residences, apartment buildings and businesses to provide unprecedented high-speed Internet access. FTTH dramatically increases the connection speeds available to computer users compared with other technologies now used in most places.

FTTH promises connection speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) -- 20 to 100 times as fast as a typical Cable Modem or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connection. This optics-based system can deliver a multitude of digital information -- telephone, video, data, -- more efficiently. FTTH broadband connections already are a reality for more than 1 million consumers in the United States, while more than 6 million in Japan and 10 million worldwide enjoy its benefits. Fiber has a virtually unlimited bandwidth coupled with a long reach, making it "future safe".

FTTH broadband connections also will allow consumers to "bundle" their communications services. For instance, a consumer could receive telephone, video, audio, television and just about any other kind of digital data stream using a simple FTTH broadband connection.