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Digital TV Europe Network technology > Fibre-to-the-home
January/February 2010
vide this is with fibre networks,” he contends.
Ericsson’s Linder believes there will be a
“As the access network becomes powerful,
trend away from flat-rate access towards more
variegated tariff models that are attractive to
with local caching especially of video and
consumers as well as making more sense for
video-on-demand it makes sense.”
service providers. “As we move along we will
see completely different tariffing schemes
coming into play, essentially to make it more Peter Linder, Ericsson
attractive for the end user,” he says.
This theme is taken up by Helsen, who sug- The perception that content can efficiently be with local caching especially of video and
gests that a range of service tiers may be mar- cached at the edge of the network, for exam- video-on-demand it makes sense,” he says.
keted across new networks. “You could break ple, has given rise to the notion that last-mile According to David Noguer Bau, a member
up offerings in multiple ways to create pack- operators could provide content delivery net- of the service provider marketing team for
ages for different audiences. High-end super- work (CDN) services to third-party service metro and wireline services EMEA with
users could pay a premium price for [higher providers. Alcatel Lucent recently acquired Juniper Networks, which provides broadband
speed], while someone else can still have a CDN specialist Velocix with this in mind. “It’s router aggregation servers (BRAS) that enable
fibre connection with a lower speed,” he says. a complementary solution to core caching service providers to aggregate information
Helsen emphasises that all this is easier because certain things are better cached in the about individual subscribers, FTTH operators
where there is infrastructure competition. [access] network and certain things are better are asking for this functionality, which has tra-
Competition based on wholesale access is cached in the core,” says Kallstenius. ditionally been centralised, to be located with-
more likely to lead to a number of identikit Ericsson’s Linder believes that the infra- in the access network, allowing the operator to
service providers competing on price, he says. structure provider delivering some kind of cache content locally. For Bau, not only will
One area that has attracted comment of late Quality of Service to third-party providers this enable better delivery of walled-garden on-
is business-to-business services, which could make sense, and he also sees a space demand services, it will deliver value to third-
includes making available an ‘intelligent’ net- emerging for the access network CDN model. party over-the-top providers, who will be will-
work to consumer-facing service providers. “As the access network becomes powerful, ing to pay to use the access network CDN.
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