Compendium Fibre Optic Technology
What is an OTO box?
OTO box stands for Optical Telecommunications Outlet and is the fibre optic outlet in the flat/businesses. It forms the interface between the modem and the direct fibre optic network connection.
What is the OTO-ID?
The number listed on the OTO box is designated as the OTO ID. It is the unique identification number and, with us, always starts with B.161....
What does FTTH mean?
FTTH means «Fibre To The Home» and is a point-to-point connection with fibre optics. FTTH denotes a fibre optic network without interruption from the centre through to the flat/business.
What does layer 0/1 mean?
Layer 0/1 denotes the physical infrastructure (fibre optic FTTH). Layer 0 is the route and the conduit systems. Layer 1 is the passive fibre optics, the passive component, in-house wiring, and the OTO box.
What does Layer 2 mean?
Layer 2 denotes the transport network, i.e. active components, switch, router, ONT, network management, and 0SS/BSS.
What does layer 3 mean?
Layer 3 denotes the services and content, i.e. the services and content of different telecommunication providers for end customers (such as TV, internet, and phone service).
What is a BEP?
BEP stands for «Building Entry Point» and denotes the domestic service connection in the building.
Swiss4net offers all telecommunications providers (“Communication Service Providers” or “CSPs”) non-discriminatory access to their technically sophisticated FTTH fibre optic networks, which are operated according to a 4-fibre point-to-point model. Swiss4net currently operates two regional FTTH fibre optic networks with approx. 25,000 connected households/businesses in Baden (AG) and Chiasso (TI), and is preparing additional FTTH fibre optic network expansions.
Swiss4net is a holding company that aims to finance modern broadband “Fibre To The Home - FTTH” fibre optic networks in small cities and communities in Switzerland. Swiss4net finances their own operating companies that implement the expansion and operation of these FTTH fibre optic networks.
Swiss4net supports their operating companies in the expansion and operation with expertise for these passive FTTH fibre optic networks, which are principally established on a point-to-point connection.
Swiss4net is held by Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP, which is experienced in this market segment.
«The Swiss4net FTTH networks in Baden and Chiasso are our competitve advantage.»
Pascal Grieder, CEO SALT
«Swiss4net offers unconditional open access to its FTTH networks. That creates real competition, also to our benefit.»
Olaf Swantee, CEO Sunrise
«More than 90 per cent of property owners have their buildings connected to the modern fibre optic network of Baden4net AG - and at no charge.»
«Due to having their own fibre optic line, data can be transferred even faster. The majority of households in Baden and Ennetbaden are connected.»
«A separate, few micro-millimetre thin fibre optic is fed from the data centre, where the data of the providers is received, to each individual. As an analogy to motor traffic: everyone has his own lane on the motorway; there is never traffic.»
Roger Heggli CEO Board of Directors Swiss4net Holding AG
«High-performance infrastructure becomes increasingly important in the competiton for the best location. The Swiss4net FTTH network makes a big contribution to increasing the attractiveness of Baden.»
Thomas Lütolf, Development Association Baden
«The Swiss4net FTTH network in Chiasso, Balerna, Vacallo, Morbio Inferiore signifcantly increased the attractiveness of the communities.»
Dr. Corrado Noseda, Director AGE SA
«The contractors hired by Swiss4net for network planning and execution adhered well to the procedures agreed with RWB. As duct owners we were always well informed about the progress of the construction.»
Adrian Fuchs, Board Regionalwerke AG Baden
Swiss4net invests in the expansion and operation of non-discriminatory, modern broadband fibre optic networks for passive FTTH infrastructures. As a specialist and investor, we pursue the strategy of “best networks & sustainable operations” in small cities and communities. Swiss4net implements the recommendation of BAKOM in the construction and operation of their own passive FTTH infrastructure.
Swiss4net is a niche player in the expansion and operation of non-discriminatory passive FTTH fibre optic networks and, therefore, the only independent driver of free end user competition on the telecommunications market.
Swiss4net offers “open access” and provides their fibres (fibre local loop) and their CO locations on attractive terms exclusively to telecommunications providers with their own active infrastructure on their passive FTTH infrastructure.
Svviss4net promotes competitiveness among telecommunications providers with respect to end users by providing their passive FTTH infrastructure and through their volume of building units (flats/businesses). Ultimately, market independence in end consumer competition (Swiss4net is not a telecommunications provider) contributes to enormous trust and a lot of goodwill.