Bharti Airtel to deploy FTTH To Counter Jio

Bharti Airtel is planning to deploy FTTH (fiber to the home) and is looking for new markets in the country.

The company is planning to deploy FTTH in Delhi NCR, Chennai and Bangalore and is also looking at new markets according to a top level executive in Bharti Airtel.

It seems Bharti Airtel wants to catch up with Reliance Jio on FTTH which has already taken a lead in terms of fiber deployment in Delhi NCR and Mumbai region.

According to industry sources, Reliance Jio Infocomm is connecting commercial buildings and homes with OFC using FTTx technology so that consumers can get minimum 10 Mbps connections. In the first phase, Reliance Jio is planning to deploy 2 million lines each in Mumbai and New Delhi NCR.

Telecommunications Consultants India (TCIL), a prime engineering and consultancy company has bagged FTTH order from Reliance Jio Infocomm for Ghaziabad. Jio has also given orders for FTTH for Gurgaon and the work is in full swing in both the cities.

In both the cities, TCIL is planning to deploy 3,500 traffic aggregation points. Out of this 10 percent would be FTTx and 90 percent would be LTE eNODeB. Each aggregation point can cater cater to 5,000-10,000 subscribers depending upon the geography.

For FTTH, Bharti Airtel is focusing on new residential buildings which are coming up in these cities as these are easier to do than existing building.

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