5:00 PM -- Powering FTTP installations is still a tricky business. In a typical case, technicians will drill a hole through the customer's outside garage wall so they can install a power box at the nearest electrical outlet and run a cable to the outside.
Regarding the FTTP power options, analysts Kermit Ross and John Celentano frequently joke that FTTx, where the "x" is a variable, really stands for "fiber to the extension cord."
One more point: It seems the only thing traveling down the fiber to the customer's home is data, since Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is, in most cases, just reusing the copper pair going to the customer's house for POTS. Here's a photo showing the customer's phone lines being rerouted from the old NID to the new ONT.
That's not to say Verizon's Fios service is a bad deal. It's not. It costs $52 (after taxes) for a 3-Mbit/s cable connection in my neighborhood. Fios starts at $39.95 (before taxes) for a 5-Mbit/s hookup.
This mini episode of the Light Reading podcast features Ray Le Maistre and Dario Talmesio discussing the big trends shaping the 5G market worldwide, now that so many major operators have launched 5G services.
Building edge computing resources for advanced applications is going to be a big challenge to telcos in terms of how and where to invest, as well as when and where to partner with cloud providers, vendors and others.