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A Look Ahead at Fiber’s Future

by Employee ‎09-29-2009 11:45 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 05:20 PM

FiberOpticsWe received the Chairman’s Award today from the Fiber to the Home Council for doing the most to promote fiber to the home technology.  Verizon CTO Dick Lynch was in Houston to accept the award and spoke about our plans or future services on our all-fiber network.

He started with a look back, to the days when Verizon was deciding to deploy fiber all the way to the home.  It was clear, he said, that “copper and coaxial networks wouldn’t – in fact, couldn’t – satisfy” the burgeoning demands of the home TV and Internet consumer.

We also knew, he said, that a fiber network would improve the customer experience and provide consumers with a video experience that’s superior to anything they had.  Customers told us that they wanted not only choice, but service that was better than cable.  The tremendous capacity of fiber would offer more room for video channels, HD content, local programming, and on-demand titles.

Looking ahead, he said that we want to provide many more features on this powerful platform, and one area we will focus on is advanced home network management.

Our home network is already the most advanced in the marketplace, linking all networked sources of content in the home, and with a router smart enough to hold and manage such applications as home security and energy management tools.

“Some households may have as many as 30 digital devices in the home, most of which are networked or at least capable of sharing media in some way,” he said.  “Customers want access to their media anytime, anywhere, and on whatever screen they have at hand.  And as we look to the future, we see a whole new generation of Web-enabled applications, high-definition services, smart devices and smart homes that will embed Internet connectivity into everything we touch.”

He said this makes the home network look more like a corporate local area network but with a focus on lifestyle enhancement and convenience.

The real opportunity, he said, is when the FiOS network teams with Verizon’s wireless broadband and global IP networks to expand the scope of what fiber can deliver to consumers.

It sets the stage for future innovations that are just around the corner and will support the growth of the Internet well into the 21st century.

Update:  You can read Computerworld’s and Communication Technology’s coverage of Dick’s speech here and here.

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