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The world has a lot to teach us about broadband competition, which is why I checked in on the latest customer for Cisco’s data crunching edge router to discover how Swisscom is taking steps to lower its own deployment costs and get fiber to the home.

Cisco has netted Swisscom as a customer for its super-fast edge router, I noticed earlier this morning. According to OECD stats, the Swiss are leaders in terms of broadband service delivery, so I read on to see what I was missing. From the release (emphasis mine):

Cisco announced today that Swisscom is deploying the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router as the edge platform to support the rollout of high-bandwidth fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services to every household in Switzerland. Swisscom announced FTTH customer trials in April 2009, offering triple-play service bundles, which allow the simultaneous use of up to three high-definition television (HDTV) channels, Internet connections of 50 megabits per second downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, and telephone services.

That’s pretty cool, but even cooler is how Swisscom got to that point. Like AT&T and Qwest it began with a fiber-to-the-node strategy, but has since expanded its efforts to a fiber to the premise plan. As it has done this, Swisscom has taken steps to lay more fiber strands during its buildout so competitors can use the network as well. For those interested in how regulatory policy may affect network build out, a presentation (PDF) by Swisscom back in 2008 shows how the cost models differ if there is a regulatory incentive to share pipes at the passive infrastructure, network and transport layers.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr user Tambeko the Jaguar

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