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Ultra Internet in your home

FTTCab and FTTH technologies for an ultra-connected home

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One of Telecom Italia’s excellent features is the Next Generation fibre-optic network NGAN (Next Generation Access Network), which now allows us to download and send data faster than yesterday’s technologies.

What is the result? The performance of our fixed line connection significantly improves: a faster speed for downloading and uploading data and the opportunity to connect up with various devices at the same time without affecting the quality of the connection.

This technical solution that enables the company to bring ultra broadband services into Italian homes is called FTTCab (Fiber To The Cabinet, namely, a fibre-optic cable that connects to a cabinet and to the centre from where the signal leaves).

 For customers, it is a very user-friendly solution, as it is based on Fiber Modem, to which they can connect all home telephones and all Internet-browsing devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones and Smart TVsVoIP(Voice over IP transmitted via the network) calls can also be made.

The wonders of fibre optics

As a result of this strategic decision, Telecom Italia plays an increasingly important role in the process of developing and spreading fibre optics in order to make homes and companies "digital", offering an ever-broadening range of services, as well as many real-time apps and HD multimedia contents.

Recent testing in the field has enabled the company to add speeds of 50 Mbps downstream and over 10 Mbps upstream via FTTCab access networks.

Fibre optics offers a guaranteed standard transmission speed of 30 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.  Moreover, FTTCab architecture allows multiple users to simultaneously take part in a variety of online activities. How about some examples? At the same time, it allows users to play in multiplayer mode with high performance, watch videos in Full HD streaming without waiting or interruptions, share contents such as photos, videos and music instantly on all home devices

Broadband is even faster with FTTCab and FTTH architecture

But what exactly is the FTTCab solution on which the spread of fibre optics is based?

FTTCab represents the next-generation network architecture. It is real structure that takes fibre-optic cables to the “cabinet” located in the street, which is about 500 metres, on average, from people’s homes.

At this point, connecting the cabinet to end users is practically a fait accompli, and can be done using traditional copper cables.

This solution has many benefits:

  • the infrastructure can be built faster;
  • less inconvenience for citizens;
  • lower costs than other hi-tech solutions.

It is an excellent hi-tech solution available in Europe today, as demonstrated by the fact that the majority of European telecom operators, in Germany, France, Great Britain and Switzerland, use it today.

In Milan, FTTCab technology is accompanied by FTTH (Fiber To The Home) technology, which will bring fibre optics to homes and offices with connections up to 100 Mbps for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads.

By 2015, up to 564,000 homes and offices will benefit from FTTH technology

Telecom Italia’s commitment

Through this project, Telecom Italia sees itself as the driving force behind the national programme of infrastructure development to ultra broadband or ultra Internet.

By 2015, works will begin to lay fibre-optic cables in 125 Italian cities, covering about 8 million homes or 35% of the population. In the initial phase, connection speeds will reach up to 30 Mbps, in line with the forecasts of the European Digital Agenda, which has set the goal of making this connection capacity available to the entire population by 2020. The Digital Agenda Italy  aims to make a significant contribution to accelerating the process of growth and digitalization of Italian companies in order to relaunch the economy of the country.