PWC Does FTTH Study

FTTH Council Europe study in collaboration with Price Waterhouse Coopers study proves positive impact on sustainable development through FTTH

February 28, 2008

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PARIS -- The FTTH Council Europe today announced the results of a unique research exercise evaluating the sustainability and environmental impact of fibre networks. Conducted in collaboration with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the Council’s Sustainable Development and FTTH Committee (SUDEFIB), the research is the first of its kind and shows that the net environmental impact of FTTH will be positive in less than 15 years.

Joeri Van Bogaert, President of the FTTH Council Europe comments, “The results clearly demonstrate the overall service and environmental benefits of FTTH. The findings stand as testament that fibre is a sustainable and future-proof technology for the 21st century.”

The research compared the environmental impact of a typical FTTH network to its associated benefits and will provide the foundation for further research on the subject by the Council. Maximising the opportunity for new services whilst minimising the materials and maintenance required, FTTH contributes to reduced road travel, less transport infrastructure, and the introduction of innovative social and government services. Meanwhile, the total impact of network implementation in the study takes into account the full lifecycle of a typical fibre infrastructure from production of passive equipment, transport, implementation of all active equipment and power consumption to end of life.

Christian Ollivry, Chair of the SUDEFIB Committee comments, “Beyond this 15 year timescale, which is quite conservative, the research shows that FTTH provides only positives for Europe. The results are based on calculations from tele-working and tele-assistance applications only, although FTTH solutions offer extensive social and economical benefits over and above these, with the capability to change societies for the better because of the access to new services it brings.”

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