Evaluation of FSO and FTTH technologies using techno‐economic and risk analysis

Theodoros Rokkas (Based at the University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Dimitris Katsianis (Based at the University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Thomas Kamalakis (Based at the Harokopeio University of Athens, Athens, Greece)
Dimitris Varoutas (Based at the University of Athens, Greece)
Thomas Sphicopoulos (Based at the University of Athens, Greece)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Publication date: 8 May 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to carry out a techno‐economic evaluation of the business prospects of Free Space Optical (FSO) technology as an alternative last mile solution

Design/methodology/approach

The analysis is based on the results from the TONIC tool that takes into account parameters such as network topology, area characteristics, service demand, price evolution forecasting and calculates several economic figures‐of‐merits. Furthermore in order to analyze market and technologies uncertainties a thorough risk analysis has been performed

Findings

The results reveal that FSO technology could provide a viable alternative in cases where the existing duct availability is limited especially compared to the Fiber‐to‐the‐Home (FFTH) solutions.

Originality/value

This paper studies two alternative last mile broadband technologies FSO and FTTH

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Citation

Rokkas, T., Katsianis, D., Kamalakis, T., Varoutas, D. and Sphicopoulos, T. (2009), "Evaluation of FSO and FTTH technologies using techno‐economic and risk analysis", info, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 87-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690910955006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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