percent of Hong Kong Millennials spend up to two hours per day on video
platforms such as Netflix and
YouTube. In a typical day, 50 percent of these Millennials
and one third of Baby Boomers spend over one to four hours on dating and
messaging apps, according to a recent survey conducted by CommScope which can
be downloaded here
. These trends
are similar in Greater China, home to the world’s largest population and nearly
670 million Internet users.
China’s Opportunity to Meet Connectivity Demands
impressive numbers and insatiable appetite for quality and convenience, China
is only ranked 80 when it comes to broadband speed. To take advantage of this massive
opportunity, the Chinese State Council launched the “Broadband China”
initiative, promising to invest $182 billion to boost speed of Internet
services for businesses and citizens by 2017, according to an article in V3.
The aim is to
provide homes with access to 100 Mbps fiber services by 2017 and ensure cities
and villages are covered by 4G networks.
Blueprint for Speed and Capacity
mandate and consumer expectations for instant and reliable services means telco
companies need to invest in improving their networks’ capability of carrying
large amounts of data. As expectations
increase around browsing the Web, listening to online music, downloading files
and watching videos on demand, it is becoming more and more challenging to have
the right communications infrastructure.
Service providers cannot achieve these objectives on their own.
One way to
address this challenge is through Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology,
considered the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. FTTH opens the door to a wide range of
services and applications, both for entertainment and productivity, delivered
right to the home or the office. These
include video communication with family and friends, video-on-demand, online
gaming, teleworking e-Health services and much more.
As far as
deployment speed is concerned, fiber indexing deployment can be seven times faster than classic technologies.
Cost savings enabled by fiber indexing can be significant as well. The daisy
chain topology reduces the amount of cable needed by up to 70 percent and hardened multi-fiber optical connectors considerably eliminate laborious and
costly fiber splicing, further reducing overall costs.
Growth in New Business
As people start relying more on the Internet for news and entertainment,
new companies which provide online content are emerging. For example, an Internet content provider (ICP) is a
website or organization that handles the distribution of online content such as
blogs, videos, music or files, according an article in the Houston Chronicle.
This content is generally made accessible to users and often in multiple
formats, such as in both transcripts and videos. According to Ovum, ICP capex will grow well over the $100 billion mark by
With hundreds of
millions of people accessing the Internet and increased demands for super-fast
broadband, China-based network operators should plan for continued capacity
growth, greater flexibility, a larger array of services and corresponding
billing models to address societal changes.