Global ranking of FTTH council for the countries having more than one percent of household penetration of FTTH/FTTB technologies shows Hong Kong at the third position below South Korea and Japan. The percentage of households having fiber optic broadband (FTTH and FTTB/LAN including) in Hong Kong is 34%. Out of this, almost 4% of the houses are connected with Fiber to the home broadband.
The potential for growth in the fiber optic broadband market in Hong Kong is evident through its commitment to expanding fiber optic networks. It is estimated that the number of high rise multi-dwelling units in Hong Kong will be more than 6000 in Hong Kong. Multiple approaches are required to connect single dwelling units and multi-dwelling units in any country depending on the regulations of the country and also on the geographical characteristics.
Some countries may have regulations to deploy cables underground, while some others may restrict the use of aerial poles. It is best to have an existing underground duct network. In some cases, these existing ducts may also have been occupied completely by the legacy cables. Hong Kong’s multiple dwelling units can be wired with riser fiber optic cables vertically. From the riser area to the individual home, horizontally indoor cables can be laid in conduits or fixed on the wall.
To use the existing conduits effectively, fiber optic cable manufacturers have developed new FTTx cables with smaller dimensions that will easily occupy the available space inside the conduit. Such solutions will be helpful to the service providers to reduce the installation cost. A study by FTTH council reveals that more than sixty-eight percent of the FTTH project cost is claimed by the civil works. The fiber optic cable portion claims less than six percent. Thus lower dimension access and premise cables will reduce the civil works cost and thereby saves the project cost substantially.
With a population of more than 7.1 million, Hong Kong has more than 4.2 million main telephone lines and more than 12 million mobile subscriptions. As we saw the percentage of households with FTTH in Hong Kong is approximately four percent, there is a huge potential for migration from the legacy broadband services to the fiber optic broadband services in Hong Kong. The fiber optic networks in Hong Kong needs to be updated to meet the growing bandwidth demand.
It is to this effect that the New World Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent for its 100G deployment in Hong Kong. Optical networks in Hong Kong needs to be upgraded or make ready to meet the rapid increase in bandwidth so that New World Telecom can offer enterprise services to its subscribers.
Alcatel-Lucent provides 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) for high capacity and performance and also gives flexibility by re-allocation of bandwidth automatically to address the faults that may occur in the network. The deployment of 100G will enable New World Telecom to use a mixture of different speeds such as 10G, 40G, and 100G on the same optical fiber pair.
New World Telecom was established in 1995 and is a member of New World Development Company Limited. New world Telecom provides international voice and other innovative data services in Hong Kong and overseas. By using Alcatel—Lucent’s 100G, New World Telecom had taken a bold step to expand the capabilities of their next generation networks.
New World Telecommunications
New World Telecommunications Limited (abb. NWT) also known as New World Telecom, was a fixed line provider of Hong Kong S.A.R., China. It was a subsidiary of New World Development, via New World Telephone Holdings; New World Telecommunications was acquired by a competitor, Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) in February 2016. In the same year, New World Telecommunications was renamed to HKBN Enterprise Solutions, as a subsidiary of HKBN.