With this contract, LS Cable will supply OLT (Optical Line Terminal), the GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) based transmitter for telecommunication offices, and the subscriber terminal of the ONU (Optical Network Unit) as well as network equipment and optical cables such as the PSTN Voice Gateway and IP DSLAM, etc.
There have been instances in the past whereby Korean companies delivered some FTTH equipment to overseas countries. However, for this project LS Cable will be supplying all the equipment and installation service as a turn-key base just as it did for the FTTH network implementation completed in Kuwait last year.
The system will allow Bhutan Telecom to provide Giga-level super-high-speed Internet and IPTV services to 4,000 subscribers from December when the installation is completed. The project consists of replacing the existing telephone networks with optical cables in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. LS Cable is anticipating follow-on contracts as Bhutan Telecom is planning to expand these services nationwide by 2010.
LS Cable has minimized facility investment costs for communication service providers (the clients) by modularizing the GPON OLT components (the transmission equipment) so they could be smaller than those on offer by competitors and by expanding the signal transmission range from the usual 20km to 60km. Furthermore, this is an economical and eco-friendly product of which power consumption has been reduced by 40% or more in comparison to the competing products.
“We have secured competitiveness by offering the customized solutions desired by our client companies. With this, we received this order by defeating our Chinese and Israeli competitors. Through this contract, we will strengthen our marketing activities in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East where demand for FTTH has been rapidly increasing in recent times,” said Dr. Eui-Don Park, head of LS Cable’s Communication Division.
Due to expanded distribution of super-high-speed Internet and IPTV services, the global FTTH market is estimated to grow rapidly by more than 30% each year to the scale of $12 billion in 2009 and $27 billion by 2012.