Expansion of Optical Access Network to Rural Area

Hideyuki IWATA  Yuji INOUE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E101-B   No.4   pp.966-971
Publication Date: 2018/04/01
Publicized: 2017/10/18
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2017OAI0004
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Optical Access System for Social Life)
optical access network,  FTTH,  GE-PON,  solution,  

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The spread of optical access broadband networks using Fiber to the Home (FTTH) has not reached the rural areas of developing countries. The current state of global deployment of ICT indicates that it is difficult to sell network systems as stand-alone products due to prohibitive costs, and the demand is for total services that include construction, maintenance, and operation. Moreover, there is a need to offer proposals that include various solutions utilizing broadband networks, as well as for a business model that takes the sustainability of those solutions into consideration. In this paper, we discuss the issues in constructing broadband networks, introduce case studies of solutions using broadband networks for solving social issues in rural areas of developing countries, and discuss the challenges in the deployment of the solutions.