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Sterlite bags Rs 372 crore FTTH contract

Posted: 17 Jul 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fibre-to-the-Home  FTTH  network  WiMAX 

Agarwal: FTTH will grow connectivity and help improve the communication infrastructure in India.

Transmission solutions provider Sterlite Technologies Ltd has won a contract from BSNL, valued at Rs 372 crore ($ 77 million), for enabling a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network based on GPON technology.

Sterlite was awarded a major share of the total outlay of project, amongst competition from global players. Sterlite has streamlined its efforts to ensure that the contract is executed within FY 2010.

BSNL plans to implement similar FTTH networks at 25 cities across India by 2012, which would impact two million subscribers. This would provide subscribers access to never-experienced bandwidth and speeds (in excess of 100Mbps) as well as multitude of applications ranging from utility applications such as high-definition video conferencing or entertainment applications as high-speed gaming.

The current phase of the FTTH network would be capable of providing high-speed Internet, IPTV solutions, VoIP, and other value added services to about 500,000 subscribers. BSNL, one of the largest telecom service providers globally, will be the first telco in the country to deploy commercial scale FTTH network.

At the recent OFC/NFOEC 2009 in San Diego, California, Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing director of BSNL, indicated that up to 5 per cent of all Indian households could have FTTH by 2011 and IPTV would be one of the key drivers for uptake of FTTH.

"India is at the cross-roads in telecommunication technology, with networks being rolled out for 3G, WiMAX, NGN (Next Generation Networks) and FTTH," said Anand Agarwal, Sterlite CEO and director. "We believe FTTH will offer subscribers limitless possibilities by serving the requirements of bandwidth-hungry applications and this would revolutionise the way subscribers work, live and play. We commend BSNL's relentless efforts in putting India on the telecom map of the world and we are honoured to be chosen as a partner for this project."

Agarwal added that consumers are using the Internet as a tool for social interaction, entertainment and business development. "Such high-end bandwidth intensive services are stretching the limits of today's communication infrastructure, and they can fully leverage FTTH's never-before experienced speeds (reaching peak capacities of 40Gbps). With no last-mile connectivity issues or weather-related problems, consumers can use the FTTH network's much greater bandwidth capacities for interactive learning, IPTV, telepresence, R&D etc."

He further explained that since FTTH connections are not limited to single user devices, it is suitable for enterprise or SME networks, home users and rural networks alike. "As a medium, FTTH will grow connectivity and help improve the communication infrastructure in India, improving rural telephony, and increasing broadband coverage across the country," he concluded.

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