Cable operators reach 10 million homes with their fiber

At the end of 2013all European citizens should sail at a minimum speed of 30 Mbps in line with the European digital strategy. This is a difficult challenge because there are many areas where copper will remain the only optionHowever, there are reasons to believe that access speed will multiply in the coming years.

Cable deployment

In Spain, Or not It is the main cable operator with a network of 45,000 kilometers of fiber and real coverage that exceeds 7 million households. Besides, R Galicia, Telecable or Euskaltel They are also making a big effort to bring the 100 megabytes to more regions in their respective communities. According to data from the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), there are 2,036,000 users which have cable connections for a total of 11,300,000 lines. The data is interesting because a very large percentage of these customers browse over 30 megabytes. For example, 45% of Ono’s customers browse with ultra-fast speeds of 50 or 100 megabytes.

future of cable

Unlike ADSL which cannot provide more than 30 megabytes in ideal conditions, the cable with the Docsis 3.0 standard and the optical fiber to the home that Movistar and Orange are deploying make it possible to navigate over more than 100 real megabytes. In Spain, Ono was the first company to launch a 200 megabyte offering for SMEs and this speed is expected to become popular in the coming years with residential customers. In other countries, such as the UK, there are cable operators who have offers over 300 megabytes in their portfolio with this technology. Soon we will see them in Spain.

FTP as an alternative

These acronyms stand for “Fiber to the premises“, that is to say the fiber to the installation or the neighboring node. Unlike FTTH, it allows ultra-fast navigation at a lower cost since operators do not have to deploy the fiber to the interior of homes, precisely the most expensive section. The question is, do we need that much speed right now?