Sterlite Networks, a division of Sterlite Technologies, is set to roll out a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network connecting 150,000 homes in March 2014 as part of a proof of concept (POC), the Economic Times quotes the company’s COO Vijay Jain as saying. The vendor claims that operators using its infrastructure have been able to double their ARPUs: ‘We are creating a big fat pipe and any IP service can ride on it. VAS [value added services] like VoD [video-on-demand], surveillance, online gaming (cloud-based), e-governance and e-education can easily be introduced on this infrastructure, helping operators to monetise the network.’ To date, the firm has connected around 100,000 homes in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore and the Ghaziabad and Noida areas of the capital. ‘We have also done some rollouts in Ahmadabad, but that was a captive kind of infrastructure for enterprise users only,’ the COO added.
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