Sterlite to connect 150,000 homes with fiber by March 2014

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Monday, December 16, 2013: The fully owned subsidiary of Sterlite Technologies, Sterlite Networks is working towards its aim to connect 150,000 homes with fiber by March 2014. This will be a part of Proof of Concept (POC).

The company has so far laid fiber in NCR (Ghaziabad and Noida), Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, and Bengaluru.

Vijay Jain, COO and director of Sterlite Networks told ETTelecom, “We have also done some roll outs in Ahmadabad, but that was a captive kind of infrastructure for enterprise users only.” The company executive shared that they are seeing supply driven demand and has plans to take these roll outs to the next level.

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Jain also added that those telecom operators who are working on Sterlite’s fiber infrastructure have managed to almost double their broadband ARPUs. “Sterlite Networks is deploying next gen FTTH ( Fiber-to-the-home) infrastructure, where it can converge all the services, connect towers and DAS systems,” he told ET.

As part of the proof of concept, Sterlite has connected almost 100,000 homes in these cities that are serving 20,000 different customers/subscribers from all major telecom service providers like Bharti Airtel, Tata, BSNL and Spectranet, the report further mentioned.

“We are creating a big fat dump pipe and any IP service can ride on it. VAS services like VoD, surveillance, online gaming (cloud-based), e-governance and e-education can easily be introduced on this infrastructure, helping operators to monetize network,” Jain further added.

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