FTTH working groups

On the initiative of the Communications Commission (ComCom) and OFCOM, several working groups are drawing up recommendations in order to enable coordinated deployment of optical fibre to homes. They are dealing with the technical, logistical and contractual aspects.

Active working groups

Working group L1

Working group L1 defines standards for optical fibre cabling inside buildings. This is intended to define a uniform solution for deployment of optical fibre to the customer which allows co-use of installations by several network operators.

The second edition of the guidelines was published on 9th June 2010.
The third edition of the guidelines was published on 5th March 2012.

Working group L2B

The network and service providers active at the Round Table are working towards a universal platform for the ordering of, or migration to, optical fibre and transport services. Working group L2B is working on proposals in this regard.

Working groups which are no longer active

Working group L1B

Working group L1B was tasked with defining the transfer points in FTTH networks. The goal of the discussions was to identify suitable transfer points which give alternative operators access to the optical fibre network set up by operators under non-discriminatory conditions.

Working group L2

This working group dealt with common points relevant for the industry concerning access to services and to layer 2, in cases where these are provided by other FTTH network operators. This was primarily concerned with enabling access to optical fibre for alternative providers who do not have their own network.

Working group 3: Contractual questions

This working group set out to draw up recommendations for arranging contracts between FTTH network operators on the one hand and building owners on the other, regarding the construction and use of fibre to the home installations. Representatives from current and prospective FTTH network operators, cable operators, pure service providers and representatives from the Swiss Landlords Association [Schweizerischen Hauseigentümerverbandes (SEV)] were involved in the discussions. A total of four meetings were held between February and mid-June 2009 to discuss possible recommendations. These recommendations set out:

  • where possible, to prevent duplication or multiple installations during intervention on the structure of the building in the interests of the owner.
  • to ensure end-users have a free choice between existing telecommunications service offerings and a change of operator which is as rapid and smooth as possible,
  • to ensure that FTTH network operators can protect their investment and obtain access to optical fibre installations without discrimination.

The discussions led to a common understanding that these goals had been taken into account and their practical implementation by parties involved in the development of FTTH would be concretised.

Further information can be found in the following media release on the fifth FTTH Round Table:

Specialist staff
Last modification 10.04.2019

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