FTTx: Streaming in the time of COVID and beyond

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FTTx: Streaming in the time of COVID and beyond

“This is absolutely fake. If you want free Netflix, please use someone else’s account like the rest of us.”

Netflix India threw this pearl on Twitter when a user asked people to dial a telephone number to get a free Netflix account. It’s a common knowledge that a large number of people use other people’s accounts to “Netflix”. Despite that, the OTT platform added almost 16 million subscribers and reported a revenue of $5.77 billion in its first quarter of 2020. Netflix called this surge in subscriptions the “lockdown growth”.

Netflix and other OTT platforms are only one of the marvels of Internet connectivity that have come handy during this crisis. Internet connectivity has come to the rescue for individuals and businesses in COVID-19 pandemic in many ways.

Data usage is surging

The data usage has increased alarmingly thanks to the lockdowns and travel restrictions across the globe. Data seems to be the only thing that can travel these days. In India, data traffic has jumped 47% in comparison to 2019. This translates to 11 GB a month per user. In Spain, mobile data consumption has jumped by 30%.

The upsurge in data usage traffic, and need for more bandwidth and greater customer experience need to be complemented with lower latency. The service providers now face a challenge to scale last-mile performance and bandwidth while reducing the costs and effectively monetising last-mile assets.

FTTx is the answer, but conditions apply

Fibre to the x has emerged as an answer for service providers who want to maximise performance and increase reliability for deployments in a broad range of environments. FTTx solutions have been able to provide ultra-high speed last mile data connectivity enabling truly digital lives. With growing demand in fibre architecture, the global FTTx market is expected to reach $1.09 billion by 2025.

While a traditional fiberized network infrastructure can answer the demands of today, it may struggle with the needs of tomorrow. With emerging technologies and 5G coming into foray, the legacy networks will need to be more competitive. The networks of future would overcome the constraints of a rigid physical infrastructure and would be software-driven. The virtual network functions would replace single-function network hardware and would allow for centralized control, with decentralized storage, compute and memory.

What CSPs need is an FTTx network that has the scale, latency and agility needed to suit all future requirements of emerging technologies.

In comes FTTx Mantra

STL’s FTTx Mantra unites design innovation and expertise in service engineering onto a single technology platform. It brings together the power of ingenious optical-fibre products, integrated network design, innovative virtualisation, inclusive approach to hyper-scale network deployment, and intelligent software solutions that use analytics and Big Data. The platform ensures faster and easier fibre infrastructure roll-out to the customers’ end-point. This new hands-on technology assists early adopters to reduce time-to-market of consumer broadband services as well as capital and operational costs of network deployment.

Know more about FTTx Mantra here.

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