Danish operator TDC has revealed the extent to which fibre deployments are struggling to compete with cable.
The company revealed yesterday that it is upgrading its Docsis3.0 network in partnership with Huawei.
The operator aims to deliver 1Gbps services to 1.3 million homes by the end of next year.
At an event in London outlining the deal between the two companies, TDC’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Schleidt said the new tech was eight times less expensive than FTTH and “much cheaper” than G.Fast.
TDC’s cable network dwarves its FTTH network, which covers around 200,000 premises.
CTO Carsten Bryder said it was becoming increasingly expensive and time-consuming to cope with the continuing increase in data on TDC’s network.
Should the upgrade go well, the company plans to roll out D3.1 in Norway where it owns cableco Get.
This would join up with the operator’s plans to launch an MVNO service with the Get brand, which it also announced yesterday.
Back in its home market, Schleidt thinks the cable upgrade will provide it with “a big opportunity” to attack the enterprise market.
TDC’s cable network has been tied up with its TV service thus far, but it has now decoupled these two in order to enable it to offer coax to businesses moving forward.
Huawei used the event to launch its Any Media Giga Access Platform.
The China-based vendor said the solution would enable operators to deliver gigabit-speed services no matter whether they had a fibre, copper or coax network.
“In some regions, exclusive use of optical fibre to build gigabit networks requires huge investment and right-of-way acquisition, and the time needed for the rollout tends to be long,” it said in a statement.
“This trade-off means the time it takes to pay for this infrastructure investment is often protracted.”
The FTTH Council will provide an update on how far Europe is progressing with deploying the tech.
Last year, it revealed there were just 12.3 million FTTH subscribers in the EU.