FTTH Active vs Passive

Rod Beck Rod.Beck at hiberniaatlantic.com
Wed Dec 2 08:14:17 CST 2009

Given the start up costs, it is not clear what is compelling. 

Here in Budapest I get Internet access for less than Euros. 

Roderick S. Beck 
Director of European Sales 
Hibernia Atlantic 
Budapest, New York, and Paris 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mikael Abrahamsson [mailto:swmike at swm.pp.se]
Sent: Wed 12/2/2009 1:35 PM
To: Fletcher Kittredge
Cc: NANOG list
Subject: Re: FTTH Active vs Passive
On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Fletcher Kittredge wrote:

> Pricing aside, do you feel the Japanese have a good architecture for the 
> last mile?  Would it adapt well from an environment that is mostly 
> multi-dwelling units (MDU) to one which is mostly single-dwelling units? 
> Any thoughts on good places to start for an english language speaker to 
> learn about the Japanese broadband experience?

You might look into what's being done in Sweden then, here there are 
municipality networks who dig up the streets and does fiber to the 
individual house in "suburbia" (you have to trench your own land though, 
4dm deep, 1-2dm wide, they only dig in the street put down the pipe in 
your trench).

Common cost for the house owner to get this done is in the 2-4kUSD range 
per house, then you can choose between multiple ISPs to purchase your bw 
from. 100/100 (symmetric speed) seems to cost 40 USD per month, 10/10 is 
5-10 USD/month cheaper.

I've been trying to run the text thru google translate, but the web magic 
seems to prohibit this from working.

If someone can figure it out better than me, the URL is here (in swedish):


Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at swm.pp.se

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