Well its been a long time between posts! Its become very difficult for me to write as much as I used to on this subject considering my involvement with FTTH rollout in Australia and in particular the stage 1 rollout of NBNco in Tasmania - for which I have a leading roll.

But its time that I started up again in posting information on about what is happening around Australia, although perhaps with a little different approach that before.

Perhaps one of the biggest debates which continues to occur in Australia is whether the deployment of a predominately wired National Broadband Network is the right choice.

FTTH continues to expand dramatically around the world, with many countries in our region also jumping on the bandwagon of FTTH being a critical infrastructure. I recently came across an article about another country starting an FTTH rollout - Kenya!

Kenyan broadband provider Jamii Telecom Ltd (JTL) has announced that it has signed a US$14.3m deal with equipment manufacturer ZTE to connect 100,000 homes to its fibre-optic network, making it the first carrier in the country to connect residential subscribers directly to fibre.

According to the release the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout will take place in Nairobi, with the following districts earmarked for connectivity: Karen, Lavington, Parklands, Kilimani, Kileleshwa, Lang'ata, South B, Nyayo Estate Embakasi, Gigiri and Runda.

This is the fifth African country to announce or start rollouts in the past few years, following in the foot steps of Rwanda, South Africa, Alegria and Mauritius.

In countries such as these, one would have thought that wireless was the best solution for them; quick to deploy, covers large areas at minimal cost, delivers reasonable bandwidth - although not as fast as FTTH. So its interesting that these countries have elected to go down the fixed infrastructure path.


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