FTTH = Fiber To The Home

What is « Fiber To The Home »
FTTH, la fibre à domicile

Fibre optics » Internet and Telecommunications data can be transmitted either through wires or through the air “wirelessly”. Wired transmissions are faster, safer, more reliable, and far more cyber secure and energy efficient than wireless transmissions. So in the best of all worlds, we would rely on wired transmissions for the vast majority of our Internet and Telecommunications needs, and reserve wireless for short communications when out-and-about. Unfortunately, that is not the infrastructure Telecom is designing for us…. ». … »But unlike wireless radiation which harms both humans and wildlife, fibre is safe for all beings. »

SafeG » means safe, fast, reliable, secure internet and telecommunications services brought into our homes and businesses by wired technology. It means technology that safeguards our health, privacy and security and that evolves over time with the goal of reducing exposure to harmful wireless radiation. »


« After more than 30 years of development, optical fiber technology has improved to achieve state-of-the-art commercially available links capable of up to 50 Gbps rate (per wavelength/per fiber) over more than 20 km reach« . Source –  Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks – May 2018


Swisscom has stated – « Fibre speed – Nothing’s faster: up to 1 Gbit/s. Unique: same download and upload speed. »… … » We offer ultra-fast broadband all over Switzerland: With a fibre optics connection you surf with symmetrical speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s for down- and uploading. With a copper connection you currently achieve speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s for downloading and 100 Mbit/s for uploading. In selected areas copper also offers up to 500 Mbit/s for downloading and 100 Mbit/s for uploading. » … Check if and when the fixed line Fibre Optic service is available to your location and your current internet speed.

Swisscom stated 5 Nov 2019 » Currently only asymmetric speeds of max. 100 Mbit/s for downloading and 20 Mbit/s for uploading are possible on copper. In selected areas copper also offers up to 500 Mbit/s for downloading and 100 Mbit/s for uploading. »


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Swisscom fibre-optics expansion map stated 5 Nov 2019 » By the end of 2021, we plan to expand the network with the latest fibre optic technology to all of Switzerland’s 2,212 communities. We invest more than CHF 1.6 billion every year in the network of the future to ensure that 90 percent of all people in Switzerland enjoy highspeed Internet. Refer to our map to find out when your community will be connected. »

For example, in the commune of Le Vaud, Switzerland (status 02 Mar 2020) – »The expansion of the network is planned for 2020. It will offer speeds of at least 80Mbits/s up to 1 Gbits/s »

The expansion map for Le Vaud, Switzerland then stated (31Mar2020) – « Enjoy highspeed Internet of up to 500Mbits/s here from end of 2020  » … ??

and for a nation-wide over view it stated  » Our network expansion focuses on a mix of the latest fibre optic technology and innovations such as G.fast, which hugely increases bandwidth on copper lines… »

 » Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Nationwide fibre optics to the home, expansion primarily in cooperation, up to 10 Gbit/s starting spring 2020 « 

Swisscom during 2021 stated the following….

 » Broadband expansion in the fixed network on course

As at the end of June 2021, Swisscom had connected over 4.6 million or 86% of homes and businesses in Switzerland to its ultra-fast broadband service (speeds in excess of 80 Mbps). Over 3.6 million or 68% of homes and offices benefit from fast connections with bandwidths exceeding 200 Mbps. Of these, more than 1.8 million have been upgraded to FTTH. Swisscom intends to make ultra-fast broadband available in every Swiss municipality by the end of 2021, even in remote locations.

It has also set itself an ambitious expansion target with its aspiration to offer all customers the best network in Switzerland everywhere and at all times. By the end of 2025, FTTH fibre-optic coverage is set to increase to up to 60%. » … Source – Half-year results for 2021: Swisscom


March 2019 Switzerland was reported to have 7.8% FTTH FTTB installations
April 2020 Switzerland was reported to have 21.3% FTTH FTTB installations

Cable vs DSL vs Fiber Internet Explained

Testing Swisscom Internet fixed line connection speeds within Le Vaud Switzerland they were only…

Status 10 May 2019-Download max 50 Mbit/s Upload 15 Mbit/s (with the following comment) – Between June 2020 and September 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area. This allows you to benefit from ultra-fast internet with expected 225 Mbit/s download and 60Mbit/s upload.

Status 24 Sep 2019–Download max 33 Mbit/s Upload 10 Mbit/s (with the following comment) – Between March 2020 and June 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area……..expected 225 Mbit/s download and 60Mbit/s upload.

Status 16 Oct 2019-Download max 45 Mbits/s Upload 18 Mbit/s (with the following comment) – Between March 2020 and April 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area….with expected 300 Mbit/s download and 70 Mbit/s upload.

Status 05 Nov 2019-Download max 45 Mbits/s Upload 16 Mbits/s (with the following comment) – Between March 2020 and April 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area…..with expected 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 06 Jan 2020-Download max 45 Mbits/s Upload 18 Mbits/s (with the following comment) – Between April 2020 and May 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area…….with expected 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 02 Feb 2020-Download 85Mbit/s Upload 30Mbit/s (with the following comment) – Availability at the location is currently restricted. The actual speed may differ from the data specified above…… Between August 2020 and September 2020 fibre technology will be rolled out in your area…… with expected 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 12 Mar 2020-Download 85Mbit/s Upload 30Mbit/s (with the following comment) – Availability at the location is currently restricted.……..Between July and August 2020 New FTTS/B construction will be rolled out in your area……..with expected maximum 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 31 Mar 2020– No change same status as 12 Mar 2020. SpeedTest actual speeds Download 45Mb/s Upload 19Mp/s

During May June 2020 Fibre Optic cables (FTTS only) were being installed within the village of Le Vaud, Switzerland.

In the following video Swisscom explains how Fixed Line Fibre Optic cables are installed resulting in a FTTS (fiber to street) service

FTTS Fibre to the Street installation

Status 01 June 2020-Download 85Mbit/s Upload 30Mbit/s (with the following comment) Availability at the location is currently restricted…… Unfortunately, the extenion of this location has been postponed. We have no extension date, this can, however, change in the coming months. -(Viewing the Fiber Optic expansion map for Le Vaud, Switzerland « Enjoy highspeed Internet of up to 500Mbits/s from end of 2020 »)

Status 07 June 2020-Download 85Mbit/s Upload 30Mbit/s (with the following comment) Availability at the location is currently restricted.….. In August 2020 New FTTS/B construction will be rolled out in your area…… …expected maximum 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 15 June 2020 – Download 85Mbit/s Upload 30Mbit/s (with the following comment) Availability at the location is currently restricted.…In the 4th week of July 2020 New FTTS/B construction will be rolled out in your area…… expected maximum 225 Mbit/s download and 60 Mbit/s upload.

Status 30 July 2020 – Download 250Mbit/s Upload 60Mbit/s (with the following comment) Availability at this location is currently restricted…(Viewing the Fiber Optic Expansion map for Le Vaud Switzerland) – Enjoy highspeed Internet of up to 500Mbit/s here from end of 2020. Testing with SpeedTest actual speeds Download 101.20Mb/s Upload 22.25Mp/s

Upgraded to the new FTTS (fiber to the street) service offering in Le Vaud, 30 July 2020, 200Mb/s Dwn 60Mb/s Up. Monitoring with Speedtest.net over the last few months (Dec2020) the new FTTS service appears to be stable and for the first time in decades finally obtaining advertised speeds.

August 2020 Swisscom is now offering in some areas of Switzerland Broadband fixed line useing Fiber Optic cable (FTTH) with speeds « up to » 10Gbit/s Up/Dwn – 200Mbit/s Up/Dwn – 50Mbit/s Up/Dwn

October 2020 Swisscom announces – 50 Gbit/s on a fixed network connection …..….. » Swisscom has now achieved the next milestone in a real network environment in the access network by upgrading existing OLT (Optical Line Termination) hardware with a 50 Gbit/s PON (Passive Optical Network) Line Card prototype, enabling a download transmission speed of 50 Gbit/s and an upload transmission speed of 25 Gbit/s on a fixed network connection « ….. see the video

December 2020 – Swisscom stated in a press release 17Dec2020 « Doubling FTTH connections to 3 million by 2025. Growth in data traffic is unbridled in Switzerland. An efficient network infrastructure is fundamental for a society and economy that wishes to exploit the opportunities of the digital age. Swisscom aims to double its FTTH coverage by the end of 2025: 50-60% of all homes and offices will be able to use a bandwidth up to 10 Gbps by then. Besides, modernisation of the existing FTTS (fibre-to-the-street) network is continuing. As a result, by the end of 2025 an additional 30–40% of homes and offices will have bandwidths of 300–500 Mbps.« 


SpeedTest Global comparison for June 2021

  • 06/2021 Comparing Average Internet access speeds in Switzerland with speedtest.net/global-index
  • Switzerland ranked 6th in the Global Fixed Broadband comparison for June 2021
  • Broadband Fixed line avg Dwn 215.57 Mbps Up 140.19 Latency 13ms
  • Mobile avg Dwn 109.51 Mbps Up 25.26 Mbps Latency 26ms
  • This comparison shows that Fixed Line Broadband is faster than mobile.

Global comparisons Average Fixed Line Broadband speeds from speedtest.net/global-index

Fixed Line Broadband speed within Le Vaud 11June2021

  • From the above, as of August 2020 Swisscom can and is offering 10GB/s download speeds over « fibre to the home » FTTH within Switzerland.

So why only offer FTTS at 500Mbit/s for Le Vaud ?

  • During spring 2020 Swisscom installed FTTS (fiber to the street) not FTTH (fibre to the house) as requested
  • Because FTTS still uses the older copper telephone lines for the last few meters. Speed limitations are subject to the length of the copper line used and its phyisical properties… which ususally max out at ca 200Mbits/s.
  • Swisscom has also been installing a technology called « G-Fast » over exisiting copper lines, which may increase download speeds up to 500Mbits/s. G.fast speeds rapidly diminish with distance (max 500meters) and with copper line limitations.
  • The Swisscom expansion map (status 20Mar2020) « Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Nationwide fibre optics to the home, expansion primarily in cooperation, up to 10 Gbit/s starting spring 2020« 

Why not install / upgrade to FTTH right from the start ? Its Safer Its more Secure and Its Faster, as mentioned in the above video, FTTH is built for the future.

Our association « Le Vaud sans antennes » submitted an additional Petition for FTTH (Fibre to the Home) signed by 388 inhabitants to the commune on the 28 Feb 2020.

We continue collecting signatures. You can download and sign this FTTH (Fiber to the Home) Petition form and send it to Le Vaud sans Antennes, case postale 11, 1261 Le Vaud, Switzerland


Below are two interesting quotes from the Hauseigentümerverband (HEV-Schweiz)

HEV Schweiz mit Swisscom auf Musterverträge geeinigt….bereits im Jahe 2010….

quote….

Glasfaser

 » Im Bereich Glasfasererschliessung hat sich der HEV Schweiz mit Swisscom auf Musterverträge geeinigt. Die Verträge betreffen die Erschliessung bis in die Wohnung (FTTH) oder die Erschliessung bis zum Keller unter anschliessender Verwendung der bestehenden Kupferkabel (FTTB). Welcher Vertrag zur Anwendung kommt, ist abhängig davon, welche Glasfasertechnologie (FTTH/FTTB) der Eigentümer wählt, ob es sich um einen Neubau oder um ein bestehendes Gebäude handelt und ob die Erschliessung während oder nach dem Rollout erfolgt.

Bereits im Jahr 2010 hat der HEV Schweiz sich mit Swisscom und der Telecom-Branche auf einen Mustervertrag zur Glasfasererschliessung bis in die Wohnung (fiber to the home, FTTH) bei bestehenden Bauten geeinigt. Swisscom finanziert sowohl die Gebäudeerschliessung mit Glasfaser wie auch die Erschliessung der sog. Steigzone, das heisst bis in die Wohnung. Dabei werden vier Fasern verlegt, wovon zwei von anderen Anbietern genutzt werden können. Dieser Vertrag gilt auch für die Kooperationen und ist nach wie vor in Kraft. Das kostenlose Angebot für die Immobilieneigentümer gilt jedoch nur während des Rollouts.

Nun hat sich der HEV Schweiz mit Swisscom auf zwei weitere Musterverträge für die FTTH-Erschliessung von Neubauten und bestehende Gebäude nach dem Rollout sowie die FTTB-Erschliessung geeinigt. Diese Verträge werden von Swisscom seit dem 1. März 2018 verwendet.

Beim FTTH-Vertrag für Neubauten und bestehende Gebäude nach dem Rollout erfolgt die Erschliessung bis in die Wohnung ebenfalls mit vier Fasern.

FTTB (fibre to the building) heisst, dass bei Liegenschaften ab zwölf Nutzungseinheiten die Glasfaser bis zum Keller gezogen wird. Für die verbleibende Strecke werden die bestehenden Kupferkabel verwendet. Eine Erschliessung der Steigzone entfällt.

Neu wurden Anpassungen hinsichtlich Wiederherstellungspflicht, Zutritt der Techniker, Durchleitungsrechte, Vertragsdauer, Kündigungsmodalitäten und Datenschutz vorgenommen. Swisscom und der Eigentümer tragen die Kosten der Erschliessung. Zu beachten gilt, dass diese beiden neu ausgehandelten Verträge nur für Swisscom gelten, nicht für die Kooperationen. « 

….end quote

Source – hev-schweiz.chGlasfaser


Ausbau neuer Glasfasertechnologien….

quote…..

Verschiedene Glasfasertechnologien

 » Unterschiedliche Glasfasertechnologien erlauben es Swisscom, beim Ausbau des Netzes auf die regionalen Gegebenheiten einzugehen. Eines haben alle Technologien gemeinsam – sie basieren auf Glasfasern. Eine Übersicht:

 » 1 – Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Die Glasfasern werden bis zur Steckdose in der Wohnung gezogen. Mit dieser Technologie ist heute eine maximale Bandbreite von 1000 Mbit / s möglich. Der Ausbau dieser Technologie erfolgt in der Regel in Zusammenarbeit mit einem lokalen Kooperationspartner – in Zürich beispielsweise mit der EWZ. Um die Installation auszuführen, benötigt Swisscom Zugang bis zur Steckdose in der Wohnung oder dem Geschäft. Dafür wird zwischen dem Eigentümer und Swisscom oder dem Kooperationspartner ein Vertrag abgeschlossen, der zwischen dem HEV Schweiz und der Branche ausgehandelt wurde (HEV-Mustervertrag). Der HEV-Mustervertrag gilt nur für die Erschliessung bestehender Bauten und nicht für Neubauten. Bei Neubauten kommt Swisscom oder einer der Kooperationspartner für die Gebäudeerschliessungskosten auf. Die Kosten für die sogenannte Steigzonenerschliessung (vertikale Erschliessung innerhalb des Gebäudes) hat der Eigentümer zu übernehmen. Handelt es sich um die Ersterschliessung einer bestehenden Baute, werden die Kosten der gesamten Erschliessung von Swisscom oder einem der Kooperationspartner getragen. Entscheidet sich der Eigentümer gegen die Ersterschliessung, trägt dieser die Erschliessungskosten zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt selbst… « 

end quote

Source – hev-schweiz.chAusbau neuer glasfasertechnologien


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There is a HUGE difference between, what is sold and what you actually get…

When requesting further information, from service providers, as to why there is such a HUGE difference…. among the answers…. its the number of users online…. to….its your old copper line….or….its your overhead line….to… its your phone…..or….its your PC… and the most common answer…..its « UP TO » the sold speeds…… so you can only expect from basically a few Mbits/s « UP TO…..??

Monitoring the new FTTS (fiber to the street) service in Le Vaud (Switzerland) with Speedtest.net over the last few months (Dec2020) it appears to be stable and for the first time in decades finally obtaining advertised speeds.

SpeedTest of Fiber to the Street FTTS 13mar2021

During May 2021 Swisscom upgraded existing Fixed Line Broadband FTTS subscriptions in Le Vaud to download speeds of 300Mbps

Speed Test of Fiber to the Street FTTS 11june2021