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Killer Applications for Fiber to the Home Networks: Market Potential, Time Horizons and User Groups

  • Tom Evens
  • Elke Boudry
  • Pieter Verdegem
  • Lieven De Marez
  • Erik Vanhauwaert
  • Koen Casier
  • Jan Van Ooteghem
  • Sofie Verbrugge
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 314)

Abstract

Telecom operators in cooperation with utility companies and public institutions are deploying fiber to the home infrastructure. The roll-out of these networks is justified by the supposed increasing user demand for high-bandwidth applications. Starting from a user-oriented perspective, this paper considers the utility of these networks for future users and explores those killer applications that could convince end-users to migrate to high-bandwidth connections. B y means of an international expert survey, the paper identifies value-added services that benefit from fiber’s network potential in terms of high speed, symmetry and low delay.

Keywords

Value-added Services Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Bandwidth Requirements Expert Study Nielsen’s Law Gilder’ Law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Evens
    • 1
  • Elke Boudry
    • 1
  • Pieter Verdegem
    • 1
  • Lieven De Marez
    • 1
  • Erik Vanhauwaert
    • 2
  • Koen Casier
    • 2
  • Jan Van Ooteghem
    • 2
  • Sofie Verbrugge
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Group for Media & ICT, Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT)Ghent UniversityBelgium
  2. 2.Internet Based Communication and Services Research Group, Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT)Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium

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