French telecoms regulator Arcep has opened a public consultation on a draft document concerning the prospective deployment of a fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) network as part of the country’s ongoing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout. FTTdp is a form of next generation network architecture where fibre is terminated very close to the customer’s premises; however, unlike a FTTH configuration, FTTdp reuses existing copper or coaxial cable to connect a customer’s premises to the fibre network.
According to an Arcep press release, the watchdog has set up a new FTTdp working group, comprising of operators, local authority associations and representatives of the relevant government departments, to assess the level of interest in rolling out such a solution. However, Arcep points out that the use of FTTdp architecture raises a number of questions, particularly relating to the maturity of technical solutions and their compatibility with the French regulatory framework. Further, the regulator has stated that additional field trials need to be carried out before a decision is made. Arcep invites all interested parties to submit their comments and recommendations and provide feedback on the published discussion by 28 April 2014.