It is clear that there is a huge potential demand for high bandwidth services that, at some point in the future, could be deliveredover the fixed network. The most promising technology to provide the delivery mechanism to the customer is optical accessnetworks. The major issue for the telecommunications industry is how to do this at sufficiently low cost. This paper looks at theeconomic issues and suggests some possible ways forward if we are to move to delivery of services well beyond the capability ofADSL and cable-modem technologies.
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