This was Comsof’s FTTH Conference 2020

Relive this two-day event with us

Like all other conference in 2020, the largest FTTH Conference in the world, went vir(tu)al. We can look back on a great event, full of insightful content and meaningful digital encounters. Comsoffers co-hosted three workshops and one panel discussion. Relieve our FTTH Conference 2020.

Networks for Deutsche Telekom

Day one, workshop day. We were among the first ones to present our workshop on gigabit networks made in Germany. We showed the FTTH world what we have been doing to help our client Deutsche Telekom to speed up its FTTH network design and deployment. Our DT lead Gustav Janssens presented, together with our GE partner James Wheatley.

In 2017 DT embarked upon an entirely new FTTH deployment project to aggressively deploy FTTH across Germany. The objective was to do this as cost effectively and efficiently as possible, tearing up the old rule book and using modern technologies in planning, design and construction. All delivered collaboratively through an agile methodology. The project uses 360° panoramic imagery and LiDAR to capture the real world processed using AI to identify optimal trench routes. Then high level and low-level network designs are fully automated to create an optimized, constructible design, without the need for multiple field visits.

We were joined in this session by Jan Schindler of Prysmian Group, Jonan Franzén of IS Tools and Mario Kokovsky of DEN.

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The Technical aspects of Open Access Networks

In our second presentation we focused on the technical aspects of open access networks. Jonas Verstuyft, our Comsof Fiber Product Manager, discussed the practical implications related to the design, planning and building of open access networks and their impact on the total cost of ownership of these networks.

Co-hosts in this workshop were Rudy Musschebroeck and Jan Vandenbroeck of CommScope, Agnieszka Gladysz of the Polish regulator Office of Electronic Communications, Simon Rozas of Cube Infrastructure and Christof Sommerberg of Deutsche Glasfaser.

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The FTTH-5G Convergence Story Continues

In our third presentation, our CEO Raf Meersman discussed some first results of the FTTH-5G convergence study, conducted by Comsof and the D&O Committee of the FTTH Council. On day two, during a panel discussion, Raf discussed the latest findings of this study.

The FTTH Conference issued a press release on the results.

The study analyses the impact of Fibre/5G demand uncertainty in a phased rollout at the time of initial build. It demonstrates the relation between the percentage of spare capacity in the original FTTH deployment and future cost of 5G fibre rollout. The cost of FTT5G when built on top of an FTTH network with limited or no spare capacity is 2 to 3.5 times more expensive than with sufficient spare capacity.

Other panelists in this session were Mike Knott of Corning, Cathryn Ross of BT Group, Manuel Kohnstamm of Liberty Global and Pearse O’Donohue of the European Commission.

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The FTTH Council will organize a webinar on these results in 2021. More information will follow later.

See you Next Year(?)

It was also the second year where we chose to be a Silver Sponsor. We believe this conference remains the most important FTTH focused event of the year. Let’s hope you had a great experience as well and let’s meet next year in Berlin!

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