Future Proof Next Generation Access Networks – The Case for FTTH

  • Wolfgang Fischer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 66)


The insatiable demand for more and more bandwidth lets access bitrates in broadband networks grow exponentially at a rate of about 50% year-over-year. None of the copper-based wireline access technologies will be able to cope with this demand in the long term. Also wireless networks see similar growth and require higher and higher backhaul speeds. There is industry-wide consensus that only fiber-based access networks will be able to support this growth. It can be expected that the new generation of passive infrastructure will experience the same lifetime as today’s copper-based infrastructure. Therefore, it is of vital importance that this infrastructure will be built in a way that it is as flexible as possible, supporting future applications and technologies without costly upgrades, while still being affordable at the time of deployment.


Access Network Medium Access Control Protocol Passive Optical Network Wireless Base Station Feeder Fiber 
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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Fischer
    • 1
  1. 1.Cisco EuropeUK

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