I ran across this interesting bit over on TelephonyOnline that came out of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show this week. Norwegian triple play provider Lyse Tele has a unique way to do FTTH. They build fiber to the curb, then usually just give the customer instructions on how to connect the house itself. That’s right, the customer gets to dig his own trench, and 80% of their 130K customers have done it this way in exchange for a discount. Given the personal stake one then puts into the build, it’s understandable that churn rates are subsequently very low.
In a way, I’m surprised we don’t do this already here in the USA. After all, I’m responsible for my sewer line right out to the curb, why not my conduit and fiber? Then FTTC is enough, the ILEC has fewer house calls to make and homeowners that want fiber can get it by upgrading their house and property. They could even, *gasp*, switch providers should other fiber come rolling down the street.
I’d jump at the chance, except for the fact that Verizon would probably never go for it and is aerial in my neighborhood anyway. I don’t really trust anyone else to get it right, no matter how well meaning they might be. Would you trench your own fiber if you could?
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