A First Look at 1 Gbps Fiber-To-The-Home Traffic

TitleA First Look at 1 Gbps Fiber-To-The-Home Traffic
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSargent, M., Stack B., Dooner T., & Allman M.
Other Numbers3336

Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) networks are on the cusp of bringing significantly higher capacitiesto residential users compared to today's commercial broadband options. While fiber is availableto some consumers now, the capacities offered represent an incremental bump over moretraditional DSL and cable options. However, a number of high capacity experimental FTTHnetworks have recently become operational. One of these is the Case Connection Zone (CCZ)which connects a neighborhood adjacent to Case Western Reserve University with bidirectional1 Gbps paths to each house. In this paper we present myriad observations frommonitoring CCZ traffic for the past 14 months. We aim to better understand how users employthese high capacity links, how much of the capacity they utilize and conduct an initialexploration of why performance is limited to less than the raw capacity of the fiber.


This work was partially supported by funding provided to ICSI through National Science Foundation grant CNS: 0831535 ("Comprehensive Applications Analysis & Control). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-12-009

Abbreviated Authors

M. Sargent, B. Stack, T. Dooner, and M. Allman

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report