Islamabad to have FTTH facility

ISLAMABAD: In harmony with the ongoing boom in the country’s telecom sector, Islamabad is all set to become South Asia’s first city to have fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) solution to deliver a full range of high bandwidth triple play (voice, video and data) services.

FTTH would make customers’ life simple and offer a one-stop shop for all telecommunication needs. The unlimited capacity of fiber allows super high quality voice, video, data and Internet services, plus applications like home security, home automation, and videoconferencing. The state of the art fiber optic technology will provide customers with possible great new advantages, such as distance learning, teleworking, and telemedicine. The scalability, security, reduced maintenance and extended life of FTTH makes it the most “future proof” of all communications infrastructures.

The service would provide the customers access to the most advanced services available in digital television, high-speed Internet, and local and long-distance phone service. All three services would be delivered over single optical fiber cable. As a result, the quality, variety, speed, reliability, and value will be unmatched by any other service. In telecom world, giants like Verizon USA, NTT Japan and KT Korea are deploying FTTH whereas NTL, a company of purely Pakistani origin, has taken on this challenging task.

Naya Tel, an alternate service provider, which has deployed fiber optic in most parts of Islamabad, has acquired Alcatel’s fully standards compliant, all optical solution called Alcatel 7340 fiber-to-the-user (FTTU), along with the Alcatel 5020 softswitch in a bid to achieve the scalability for cost-effective support for an expanding network.

Developing this kind of infrastructure is critical for Pakistan to take a quantum leap in technological advancement and to become a recognized and competitive force in the global economy.

In an emerging city like Islamabad, FTTH will play a vital role in the development of the local economy. In the information age of 21st century, cities need technology like FTTH to continue to prosper. “In the 19th century, a town’s future depended on the railroad coming there. In the 21st century, it’s FTTH,” said Wahaj-us-Siraj, Naya Tel CEO while talking to The News.

FTTH will position Islamabad to better compete in the global economy and can provide businesses in the city with a global reach second to none. It can also make Islamabad attractive to new businesses and give existing ones a boost.

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