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    Residential Braodband: Universal Broadband Services

    High-speed broadband service for communities has become a barometer of their ability to achieve economic success. To stimulate economic growth, governments worldwide are setting aggressive targets for delivering affordable broadband service to everyone. In the United States, for example, the FCC is currently in the process of funding efforts to provide universal broadband services, replacing a decades-old program which subsidized universal phone service to low income and rural America. In Europe, the French government developed a "Broadband for All" plan with the aim of delivering broadband to everyone by 2012. And in its “National IT” plan, The Ministry of Communications in Colombia, South America, established goals of ensuring that before 2019 70% of all Colombians will have Internet subscriptions with 100% of health care/education establishments and rural areas also connected. In almost every other country, a broadband plan has been or is currently being established to deliver universal broadband services.

    For carriers, meeting the threshold of broadband coverage in densely populated areas is not problematic, but populations living in remote areas pose a distinctive challenge—extreme cost. The economics of reaching this demographic (typically, the remaining 10%) can be orders of magnitude higher than the per-unit cost of covering the first 90%. In the past, carriers and governments have been forced to make compromises, either by ignoring hard-to-reach communities or by limiting the services available at those locations. Ignoring these hard-to-reach and rural communities has meant lack of access to broadband (the unserved market) or delivery of insufficient bandwidth (the underserved market) to benefit from the rich set of services, like IPTV and Over-the-Top (OTT) video services.

    Bridging the digital divide, however, is not the only reason for delivering higher bandwidth and broadband services to everyone. Carriers can expand their footprint where they can deliver IPTV service or streaming and OTT video services. To achieve this, they have attempted to deploy fiber or remote DSLAMs to reach the fraction of households that are unserved or underserved. But construction costs and complexity of reaching customers in sparsely populated communities make it impossible to achieve a reasonable RoI, even with government subsidies. The reach limitations of DSL technology make the installation of DSLAMs (to cover the remaining population) too expensive. And while Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) deployments are attractive from a bandwidth perspective, they are cost prohibitive to obtain 100% coverage.

    Actelis Networks has successfully addressed the challenge of cost-effective universal broadband service delivery, achieving the dual purpose of bridging the digital divide and providing bandwidth essential for services like IPTV and OTT video services. With Actelis’ Broadband Accelerator (BBA), carriers can deliver broadband anywhere they can deliver POTS service, providing a cost-effective service to millions of homes that currently have no broadband access or receive inadequate bandwidth. An Actelis BBA provides the most cost-effective method to transform existing DSL deployments by more than doubling the reach of existing DSL services. So if you’re a carrier who can deliver dial tone, then you now can deliver broadband to every customer, regardless of their location.

    Benefits
      • Deliver higher-bandwidth services on existing copper to customers who could not be reached or currently do not receive adequate bandwidth
      • Bridge the digital divide and meet mandated government targets and goals
      • Expand footprint where carriers can deliver video services (IPTV, streaming and OTT video)
      • Meet customer demand immediately without redesigning your network or deploying new infrastructure
      • Deliver services without any adverse impact to existing services or revenue