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July 15th, 2012, Vol:1

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FTTx Market Starts Lighting Up in India

The consumption of broadband services is exponentially growing, with the sheer unpredictability of demand making it difficult to determine the network capacity operators' need to satisfy their customers with the best experience at the lowest cost.

India has very low broadband penetration (net broadband additions per two months is 0.1-0.2 million – i.e., 18 million mobile connections per month), which provides a huge opportunity for the optical fiber networks to be deployed in fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) configurations in the urban/semi-urban scenarios. Moreover, increased adoption of applications such as e-medicine, video conferencing, e-Learning, security surveillance, et. al., will increase capacity/bandwidth requirements.

BThe Indian government has set a target of 48 million broadband connections for a sample of 241 million households by 2012 for which the number of connection with contention ratio is 1 million, which requires core bandwidth (at 3 Mbit/s) speed totaling 3000 Gbit/s.


Right of way delays due to significant variability in policies across states is a current challenge in the market. One of the big problems facing telecom operators is the cost associated with gaining permission to build new ducts and lay the fiber, with an estimated 70 percent of the cost of building a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network eaten up by payments to local authorities and the organizations involved in digging up the roads. Gaining access to buildings is also a major hurdle – one that could lead to high-speed broadband access networks being deployed in local pockets, rather than being widespread.

In the last decade, Indian service providers, both public and private, have together laid over one million kilometers of optical fiber across the country. However, most of the fiber is concentrated in metros and Tier-1 cities, while rural and suburban communities have limited access to telecom services. It has been estimated that the existing optical fiber network will have to be augmented by another one million kilometers to ensure nationwide connectivity to consumers and businesses throughout India. Government optical fiber initiatives such as NKN, NBN, SWAN and NOFN will play a major role in closing this gap, while making the network future-proof for a full basket of high-bandwidth applications that will be the mainstay of modern telecom networks.

Optical fiber access will progressively penetrate deeper into the network and edge closer to the end-user. However, fiber laying is a time consuming process, so in the interim, multiple technologies such as xDSL, microwave and broadband wireless technologies (LTE) will continue to coexist in the first mile.

FTTx Market Starts Lighting Up in India examines the state of the Indian optical fiber network, including the current technology trends, applications and opportunities. Finally it profiles five leading vendors in the market.

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Arvind Nagasayanam | Principal Consultant, Tonse Telecom

Vodafone buys NZ fixed line player- TelstraClear
Telstra will sell TelstraClear, its New Zealand subsidiary, to Vodafone New Zealand for NZ$840 million.
As a result of the sale, Vodafone New Zealand will acquire TelstraClear's voice and data-based services, network infrastructure and New Zealand customer base.
TelstraClear owns New Zealand's second-largest fixed infrastructure, which includes a 6,600km fibre backbone connecting 19 of the country's largest cities, a local access network with 2,000km of fibre and 4,500km of copper and a cable TV and broadband access network passing 150,000 homes in Wellington and Christchurch. more
Seven cellcos form M2M alliance
The parties to this alliance will commence discussions towards technological cooperation in developing and enabling a global unique seamless solution for the provision of M2M communications to multinational customers.
The alliance members will continuously cooperate with the aim of further development of the M2M market and improvement of customer convenience. The initiative is open to other operators. read more here & here
Facebook Invests in Subsea Cable
Facebook has invested an unspecified sum in the US$450 million regional subsea cable Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) to secure some guaranteed capacity on the 10,000-kilometer submarine network that will connect eight countries in South-East Asia. more
Android dominates China's smartphone market
Beijing-based Analysys International reckons Android took 76.7 percent of China's smartphones sales in the first quarter of 2012, while Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company says Android took 69.5 percent in the second quarter. Either way, Android has grown rapidly to take the majority of sales. more
U-blox announces the acquisition of Cognovo at a price of 16.5 million USD
u-blox a global leader in wireless semiconductor industry has announced the acquisitionof UK-based Cognovo Ltd, a company specializing in "Software Defined Modem (SDM)chip development technology
This acquisition will enable u-blox to create products that require 4G communications 1.3 Key terms of transaction include: Acquisition of 100% shares of Cognovo Ltd ,Acquisition of Key intellectual property and software. more
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Tonse Telecom is a research, consulting and advisory services organization focusing on the India telecom sector. Tonse Telecom enables telecom equipment vendors, ISVs, infrastructure developers and investors for success in the Indian telecom marketplace.

Tonse Telecom has onboard, a team of reputed senior industry executives and consultants who provide advisory services on specific projects. Tonse covers a broad spectrum of telecom technologies that include Wi-Fi /BWA / WiMAX, IMS, FMC and Triple Play, VoIP, Mobile VAS, End-device Applications and Mobile Content.

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