Hi, i'm in Mexico and my ISP is Telmex, which currently uses DSL, and offers DSL speeds only.
Last September (2010) they migrated me to ADSL2+ in preparation to a speed upgrade that has yet to arrive, but was promised before the end of last year... (some people did get the upgrade, most haven't).
Anyway, as soon as my ISP announced it had plans for "up to 10 mbps" speeds, a lot of the cable operators matched them, or upped the ante to 20 mbps.
So, to make a long story short, it seems my ISP realized ADSL2+ wasn't going to cut it, and a few days ago... i saw some workers outside my house installing fiber right in front my house, and in a lot of other areas (all right in front of houses) in my City, Chihuahua.
They told me it was fiber for Telmex. This intrigued me, since it couldn't be for DSLAM cabinets, because they use underground fiber for those. And besides, i already have ADSL2+ capable of 24 mbps since my attenuation is low, since September 2010, which would make it redundant if it was meant for a DSLAM.
I suspect that Telmex is rushing to FTTH to prevent more users to leave them for cable.
But, i want to be sure... so i would love it if people with knowledge on the subject could clarify if this is FTTH or not, here are some pictures:
Here are the workers putting up the fiber on the same poles where the copper cables are:
And here's a closer look at how the fiber looked like after they were done:
The cables from the very top are the old copper wires that have been there for ages and the ones just below are the glass cables, these poles are used only by Telmex.
The next and last picture i took from an area about a mile away from my house, from a pole that is right next to a DSLAM:
Anyway, if someone can help me make sense of this, i'd appreciate it a lot.
I want to know if this looks like a FTTH installation to you guys, or if it's something else. (maybe they'd still plan to use copper for the last few meters? wouldn't make any sense would it?)
Also, i want people to remember before they reply, that i'm almost sure all of their DSLAM for ADSL2+ cabinets are connected with underground fiber (at least from what i've heard, and as far as i can tell), which is why i'm almost sure this is different.
And of course it did raise my suspicions that some Telmex exec claimed that they would hit 100 mb/sec this year, to leave the cable companies behind.
I've been really excited about this, but the lack of information is driving me nuts. This would be very exciting for a number of reasons. It would bring Telmex from one of the most expensive ISP's per megabyte in the world, to one of the (potentially) best in the world (at least as far as huge telco monopolies go)
I believe that's GTPO line which has nothing to do your internet connection.
Well, it's not a question of weather it's fiber or not, i know it's fiber because the guys that put it up said so themselves, i'd just like to know which kind of fiber it looks like (FTTH, for DSLAMS, etc)
I've talked with the employees that are laying the fiber, and this is indeed FTTH.
One of them told me that each cable they use has 6 usable fibers, and they start using one of those fibers at each pole they install a terminal at. Each terminal serves up to 8 homes, so each cable it seems, will light up to 48 homes.
Now, most of the fiber has already been laid, but the same can't be said for the terminals. They leave enough cable on every pole they intend to install a terminal at, but most areas that have the fiber don't have a terminal yet. The employee also mentioned that they are waiting for an underground fiber cable in the area they were at when i talked to them. a 5,000 meter cable that was being built day and night he said.
This is how the fiber looks like with the terminal installed, the fiber terminal is the black box:
I also have a small, crappy video i took in a rush when they were installing a different terminal:
Now, the reason i know that this is being deployed in most cities in Mexico, is because I've been hearing from other people in forums that have noticed the exact same thing i have. Some much bigger cities than mine, and some smaller.
What i don't know for sure is just how many areas of those cities is going to be served by their first run. But i have heard from numerous sources (including the guys laying the fiber) that only the most profitable areas are going live this year.
It's also worth noting, that the company that i think rushed their FTTH project (Totalplay) is expanding to more than 15 cities this year, Totalplay already offers 40mbit FTTH in most of Mexico city right now (they are a brand new company , owned by the same people that own TV azteca) This is good, but i don't think they'll be able to match Telmex's coverage.
No word yet if the cable companies owned by Televisa are getting the Docsis 3.0 treatment, but so far it doesn't look like it at all.
The speeds they plan to offer haven't been confirmed yet. But, I heard from some exec interviews that the max speed they plan to offer is 100 mbits, and they recently gave most of their website a cosmetic make over, and their "speedtest" webpage also got the make over... here's the interesting part:
This is how it used to look like before the make over:
This is how it looked like right after the makeover went live, notice the new top speeds for download/upload:
And this is how it looked just a few hours after the makeover went live:
Feel free to draw your own conclusions, but it seemed to me they realized they jumped the gun, since there's no official announcement yet and decided to change the speeds back to how they were.
I'll keep updating this thread as i get new information, and of course i'll do a full review of the service once i get my hands on it.