Not just Alcatel’s game anymore. 80% of Swiss homes will be offered 80 megabits and up from fiber to their homes or street cabinets by 2020. The street cabinets will come from Huawei, the first big announced win for Huawei in vectoring. Huawei, still #2 to Alcatel in DSL, has put major R & D into vectored DSL and scored a number of firsts in lab tests. This is the first confirmed customer for the equipment.
Swisscom is already working with several cities and/or power companies to deliver fiber to the home. It’s a nearly unique deployment, with four strands going to each apartment for possible future competition. Outside those cities, they’ve now chosen to run fiber within 200 meters and then DSL. That’s closer to homes than the similar builds in Germany and Britain. While I think of DT’s build as 70+ megabits to most, Swisscom’s shorter distances will deliver 100 megabits to many more. They are calling it FTTS, fiber to the street, instead of FTTC, fiber to the curb or cabinet, because they are deploying deeper. Swisscom is in trials in Charrat (Valais), Grandfontaine (Jura) and Flerden (Grisons) but the major rollout is not scheduled until late 2013 or possibly 2014.
Swisscom’s results have been among the best among European telcos, holding profits and dividends comparatively stable. They’ve actually been winning customers from UPC cable. Prices are somewhat high - in the 30’s - but the Swisscom service has been excellent and customers have responded. They are increasing investment for higher speeds to keep customers happy.
They’ve had to take a billion writeoff on the investment in Italy’s Fastweb but they are now upgrading Fastweb as well. They’ll be doing 3.5M lines of fiber/DSL very rapidly, inspiring Italy to propose 7M lines vectored as well. Huawei has the inside track for that contract, especially because Fastweb and Telecom Italia are committed to working together to minimize interference.
Alcatel continues to maintain such competitive deployments are impossible, echoing the desires of their hoped for client Deutsche Telekom to knock out competition. Huawei instead is working to overcome technical obstacles through “node-scale” vectoring and that presumably was a major advantage winning this contract.
Swisscom promises some homes will see DSL speeds up to 400 megabits in future years and are actively involved in testing G.Fast.
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Here's the Swisscom announcement and an earlier one from Huawei on node scale vectoring.
Berne/Köniz, 12 February 2013, 08:00
Swisscom chooses Huawei as supplier for its FTTS expansion
Swisscom will provide 80 percent of all the households in Switzerland with ultra-high-speed Internet access by no later than 2020. While fibre-optic cables are being rolled out directly to homes and businesses in many towns and larger municipalities, Swisscom is focusing on Fibre to the Street (FTTS) in areas away from major urban centres. Swisscom has now selected Huawei as its strategic partner and supplier for its FTTS expansion.
From the end of 2013, Swisscom will offer not only Fibre to the Home (FTTH) but also ultra-fast Internet and multimedia services, even in areas which will not be connected to FTTH in the coming years. To this end, Swisscom is laying fibre-optic cabling to within about 200 metres from buildings (Fibre to the Street, FTTS) and using the existing copper cables to cover the remaining distance. FTTS enables bandwidths of up to 100 megabits per second. In the next three to four years, bandwidths of 400 megabits per second or more will become possible.
Public tender for FTTS
In early 2012, Swisscom put out a call for tenders for the supply of FTTS network elements. Several network supply companies responded to the call. After thoroughly examining the different offers, Swisscom opted in favour of Huawei. The two parties have now signed a collaboration agreement. "We are pleased to be expanding our existing collaboration with Huawei on fibre-optic expansion. In Huawei, we have found an excellent, trustworthy partner with many years of experience and a high degree of security awareness," says Heinz Herren, Head of Network & IT Division at Swisscom. "Their solution offers us the best technological possibilities for expanding our FTTS broadband network in Switzerland." The contract primarily covers delivery of the active network components for installation in Swisscom cable ducts and construction projects. The agreement will run for eight years. The contractual volume will be about CHF 300 million in total and is a part of the planned investment budget. In 2013 alone, Swisscom will be investing approximately CHF 1.75 billion in infrastructure expansion in Switzerland.
“We are very pleased that Swisscom has decided to expand the existing cooperation in the fibre network and select Huawei for the roll-out of the FTTS”, said Ryan Ding, CEO of Huawei Carrier Network Business Group. “Our leading solutions in this area will build ultra broadband and enable Swisscom customers to enjoy much more with connected possibilities. We will engage all resources necessary to ensure a successful win-win cooperation of the project.”
Swisscom launched FTTS pilot tests in the municipalities of Charrat (Valais), Grandfontaine (Jura) and Flerden (Grisons) in the autumn of 2012. Huawei's technology will be implemented in these three municipalities. The first customers in these communities can already use services based on these new technologies. Swisscom will start with the rapid expansion of FTTS at other locations at the end of 2013. Swisscom will also provide reseller offers for the other telecommunications and Internet service providers on the new access technology and will thus support competition
High investment in network expansion
To enable it to continue offering its customers ever higher bandwidths and multimedia experiences in the future, Swisscom will rely on a mix of technologies. It is also testing alternative methods of achieving this. Its mobile communications technology is also being upgraded continually, for example with 4G/LTE.
Huawei Develops World's First Node Level Vectoring Prototype
[Shenzhen, China, Aug 15, 2011]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the successful development of the world's first node level vectoring (NLV) prototype. The breakthrough technology allows small- and medium-capacity devices to work together to provide large-capacity vectoring functionality, significantly increasing bandwidth and enhancing network stability for DSL network operators. NLV also help operators optimize their network investments by enabling step-by-step construction and smooth network evolution that enables operators to reduce capital expenditures and lower the total cost of ownership.
As ultra-broadband services expand globally, operators around the world are facing ever-increasing demands for greater bandwidth access. This is especially true for DSL networks – the most widely used broadband technology – where "crosstalk" interference between DSL channels has significantly limited bandwidth capacity in the past. With Huawei's NLV technology, crosstalk offsetting technologies eliminate crosstalk on lines, significantly enhancing VDSL2 performance.
According to lab data, when multiple NLV-enabled devices work together, they provide an average bandwidth of 100 Mbit/s over a 300m access distance and an average of 80 Mbit/s over a 500m access distance. The bandwidth increases by 70% from when vectoring has not been used.
Due to the nature that crosstalk randomly occurs on non-specific wire pairs in an entire bundle of cables, VDSL2 performance will be greatly enhanced only when NLV is used on all cables connected to a site. By comparison, the board level vectoring (BLV) technology and system level vectoring (SLV) technology cannot achieve such performance enhancement.
"DSL is a highly relevant technology with strong market prospects, and Huawei's vectoring technology will effectively enhance the performance of DSL networks and prolong the lifecycle of copper wires," said You Yiyong, president of Huawei's Access Network Product Line. "Huawei is committed to being continuously involved in the development of industry standards and new technology research. The newly developed NLV prototype paves the way for market deployment of vectoring technology, which we expect within one or two years."