The benefits of high speed broadband over direct fiber optic connections and particularly the impact of this rapidly expanding new service on consumers and their communities, will be the focus of the North American 2008 FTTH Conference & Expo, scheduled for September 21 - 25, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Linking Communities at the Speed of Light" is the theme for this year's event which will highlight the ongoing deployment of fiber to the home networks across North America, as well as the economic and lifestyle changes that this transformation to next generation networks is creating. The event is expected to attract 2,000 executives from FTTH deployers such telecom service providers, municipalities and utilities, and key decision makers from other segments of the broadband industry including equipment manufacturing, computing, networking, system integration, engineering and content provision.

The conference runs 30+ presentation sessions covering a broad range of case studies, best practices, success stories, and poster sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest trends from the unique community of FTTH experts. An expo hall featuring a comprehensive gathering of more than 160 FTTH vendors and suppliers will provide the latest solutions in fiber to the home services, content and technology.

"More than three million homes across North America are now directly connected to fiber optic networks, the number of connections has doubled in each of the last two years and there is no sign that deployment will be slowing down", said Joe Savage, FTTH Council President. "Clearly, fiber to the home has arrived, and those who have it are not looking back. It has become a must-have for our wired nation and an important gateway to accessing the emerging technologies in video, teleworking, and customized content."

At the Conference there is a Fiber-Powered Pavilion run by the Council which showcases examples of next generation devices for home entertainment, distance education, health care and security systems.

The AsiaPac FTTH conference is being held on 23rd – 24th July at The Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. While a lot smaller than its North American conference, the AsiaPac conference has a lot better "Networking with People" within our region.

I have attended the conferences on four occations now. It is a great experience to learn about FTTH from others and see the emerging technology. To found out more about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at the Conferences, please visit


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