The results of a unique research exercise evaluating the sustainability and environmental impact of fiber networks were announced at the FTTH Council Europe event held in Paris last month.
Joeri Van Bogaert, president of the Council, said, “The results clearly demonstrate the overall service and environmental benefits of FTTH. The findings stand as testament that fiber is a sustainable and future-proof technology for the 21st century.”
The research compared the environmental impact of a typical FTTH network to its associated benefits and will provide the foundation for further research on the subject by the Council. Information and communication technologies are providing new answers for heavy energy consumption sectors such as transportation and construction. FTTH networks can bring environmental benefits to many different areas and the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) study focuses specifically on teleworking, telemedicine and home assistance. Life Cycle Assessment was used to generate the necessary quantitive data and the work was conducted in accordance with ISO 14040 standard.