IT Strategy Headquarters, which was formed in Japan based on the "Basic Law on the Formation of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society," announced its "e-Japan Priority Program" on January 22, 2001. Its objective is to promote the establishment of the world's most advanced Internet networks within five years, with the aim of providing high-speed always-on access networks to at least 30 million households and ultra high-speed always-on access to 10 million households.
While the number of ADSL subscribers had been rapidly increasing, the number of FTTH subscribers was only 200,000 at end of 2002, growing much less than expected. The "e-Japan Priority Program" aims to provide ultra high-speed always-on access (FTTH) to 10 million households by the end of 2005. Usen Broad Networks started to provide 100Mbps FTTH services on March 2001, and NTT East & West followed on July 2001. Local power utility companies also started to provide FTTH services during 2001.
This report examines the status and trends of FTTH deployment in Japan. This report will identify the business opportunities brought by FTTH deployment, and the barriers which may restrict the FTTH market. This report covers a large number of technologies and provides the results of investigations to answer the following questions:
- How is FTTH made possible and what services are available?
- What are the current technologies and what comes next?
- What is the FTTH business model?
- What is the FTTH market? How is NTT deploying IP business?
- Is convergence of telecom and broadcasting taking place?
- How are home networks and info-appliance technologies evolving?
- Are digital contents available on broadband?
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 FTTH implementation in NTT's B-Flet's
- 2-1. Optical fiber infrastructures for FTTH
2-2. NTT's B-Flet's
2-3. B-Flet's Basic Type
2-4. B-Flet's New Family Type
2-5. B-Flet's Apartment Type
2-6. Cost of B-Flet's services
2-7. Unbundled elements for the optical access network
2-8. Cost analysis of the optical access network
Chapter 3 Optical fiber access network, technologies and standard
- 3-1. ITU-T standards
3-2. EFM standards
3-3. TTC standards
3-4. Multi-channel TV distribution over the FTTH
3-5. ITU-T J.185
3-6. Video streaming by IP packets
Chapter 4 FTTH business Model
- 4-1. Broadband market in Japan
4-2. Commercialization of the FTTH
4-3. Flet's access services by NTT East/West
4-4. Flet's platform services by NTT East/West
4-5. NTT's Business environment
4-6. NTT's FTTH business model
4-7. Electronic Power Companies' FTTH business model
4-8. ISPs' FTTH business model
4-9. Optimized IT services to consumers
Chapter 5 NTT's "Vision for a new optical generation"
- 5-1. FTTH market
5-2. "Vision for a new optical generation"
5-3. New generation IP network, "RENA"
5-4. IP communications
5-5. IP communication with Mobile
5-6. Contents delivery service
Chapter 6 Convergence of Telecom and Broadcasting
- 6-1. Broadcasting services on the broadband
6-2. Trial CATV services on the FTTH
6-3. Law Concerning Broadcast via Telecommunication Carriers' Facilities
6-4. Terrestrial digital TV broadcasting
6-5. Digitalization of CATV
6-6. Movement of CATV operators
6-7. Convergence of Telecom and Broadcasting
Chapter 7 Home network and info-appliance
- 7-1. Premise wiring in the apartment
7-2. Residential cabling
7-3. Home Network
7-4. Wireless LAN
7-5. Home entertainment appliance
7-6. Web contents description language
Chapter 8 Digital Content Market
- 8-1. Existing problems
8-2. Commercial copyright protection system
8-3. Copyright management by Content ID
8-4. Copyright clearance system
8-5. Structural problems of content industry
8-6. Movement of broadcasting industry
8-7. Activities of overseas media company
Appendix 1 Telecom carriers in Japan
Appendix 2 Corporate profile of major telecom carrier