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Question 20/15 - Optical fibres for broadband services to and in buildings and homes
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Background and justification

The growing demand for broadband services (multimedia, high-speed internet, HDTV, etc.) in buildings and homes requires the introduction of high-capacity transmission media into the end segment of the local network. Optical fibre would be an important option for any broadband media mix created for this purpose.

The responsibility under this Question would include new Recommendations and/or Supplements for fibre types or for media implementation strategies.


What is needed to cost-effectively provide broadband services to and in buildings and homes?

What media reliability issues arise in the environment of the end segment of the local network?

Study items

Study items include, but are not limited to:

Geometrical, mechanical, and optical properties of the fibres

Reliability (lifetime and failure rate); long-term aging

Strategies for mixed transmission media, such as hybrid fibre/coax

Evaluation of novel media, such as plastic optical fibres

Specific tasks

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

Develop new Recommendations or parameter tables within existing Recommendations for possible new fibre types 

Develop implementation strategies for broadband transmission media to and in buildings and homes 

Note: An up-to-date status of work under this Question is contained in the SG 15 Work Program:


Other relevant Questions of SG 15 on fibres, components, and systems

ITU-T SG 6 on cable issues, field deployment, and monitoring the integrity of installations

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 on multimedia cabling of homes

IEC SC86A on fibres and cables

IEC SC86B on connectors and components

IEC SC86C on system testing and active devices


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