I remember reading not long ago analysts putting a price figure on Telus rolling out FTTH at $1.5 bill (ish) and a lengthy timeline. From what I understand they are looking at a mixture of Mini DSLAMS for Deep VDSL2 (up to 600m max loop length) mixed with greenfield fibre build outs continuing over the next few years. This should get Telus up to just about 100mbps download speeds. The only problem is this would be on VDSL2 30a profile which is no where yet. Friends who are Telus technicians are currently trialing the 17a VDSL2 profile ( Here in Edmonton & getting about 50-60 down and 20-25up) where the existing 25mbps max speeds are mainly on 8b profiles. Telus is definitely ahead of Bell here.
Shaw's Fibre Backbone is over 600k laid down - I think one of the largest in N.America. Both Shaw and Telus have agreements with housing associations in AB+BC in laying down FTTH for Greenfield locations. Running to Brownfield could cost up to $6k per home I hear.
I would think that fibre is the future but in the interim, at least for Shaw Docsis 3.0 is a cost effective solution. When we look at the short term 250mbps and longer term 500mbps are on the agenda for Shaw, and easily possible with D3 tech. With ARRIS being able to do 4.5Gbps through fibre to the node and 575mbps upload in demo's a few weeks back this tech could compliments fibre build outs over existing hybrid-fibre coax infrastructure that Shaw has. Right now to be honest I don't see the need to rush for fibre. Especially if we look at those that have FTTH, they have a low average speed. I guess it is not just the ability to do it, the back end of things needs changing up too.
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