FTTH Council defines FTTH, broadband access terms

October 5, 2006 -- The Fiber to the Home Councils of Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America have introduced a resource designed to provide worldwide standardization of terminology used in the global FTTH industry.

October 5, 2006 -- The Fiber to the Home Councils of Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America recently announced completion of a new resource to provide worldwide standardization of terminology used in the global fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) industry.

The "FTTH Council - Definition of Terms" is the result of collaborative work between the three councils. The document provides definitions for commonly utilized industry terms describing access network terminology. Agreed to among all three councils, the definitions provide concise descriptions that are both adequate and useful to the global telecommunications industry, says the council.

"As the industry has grown, so has the optical fiber terminology in use among FTTH professionals, analysts, and journalists," notes Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council North America. "It has become increasingly more important to know that when a term is used, it means the same thing - whether you're deploying in Canada, Japan, or Germany."

FTTH Council Asia Pacific president Shoichi Hanatani adds, "It became difficult to compare industry research on different regions or between different studies of the same region. The industry needs a reference tool that provides common definitions for terms used on a global scale. It was a very good exercise for all three regional organizations to compare notes and to come to agreement on definitions for these terms."

Hartwig Tauber, president of the FTTH Council Europe, says the document will be a great help to anyone doing research or writing white papers for the industry. "Finally there is a go-to resource that provides a common ground for understanding various elements of the FTTH industry. Whether it is a definition of FTTH itself, or what we mean by a network, this document will enable everyone to talk the same language, no matter what country or region they are from."

The "FTTH Council - Definition of Terms" is available for downloading at www.ftthcouncil.org.

The document was introduced at the recent 2006 FTTH Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.


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