What is FTTR (Fiber-to-the-Room) – Explained | Mercku Connectivity

Jul 28, 2023  by Toktabek, Tim

FTTR, or Fiber-to-the-Room, is an innovative in-premises networking technology that utilizes optical fibre communication. With its numerous advantages, FTTR offers high-bandwidth and reliable transmission capabilities that have the potential to revolutionize the way we use the Internet. In this Mercku Blog, we will explore the benefits of FTTR, its diverse use cases, and its promising future potential.


What is Fiber-to-the-Room and how does it work?

What is FTTR (Fiber To The Room)? | Sopto

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FTTR (Fiber to The Room) is a new coverage mode of the home network in the gigabit connectivity era and is also the next technological evolution and upgrade of home networking. FTTR (Fiber-to-The-Room) technology refers to the laying of optical fibers to remote nodes. By directly extending the optical fiber to each room of the user, FTTR further upgrades the traditional fiber-to-the-home to fiber-to-the-room, and provides a new Gigabit network coverage solutions, which will be one of the technical directions for future Gigabit home broadband upgrades. In the past, optical fiber was terminated at a single point in the house, but now it can be accessed in every room. With low latency, high quality, and high stability, FTTR achieves Wi-Fi 6 Gigabit coverage throughout the house.


Benefits of Fibre-to-the-Room

One of the key advantages of FTTR is its ability to provide bandwidth of up to full 10 Gbps, surpassing the limitations of copper-based (Ethernet) networks. This translates into seamless downloading of large files, uninterrupted streaming of high-definition videos, and lag-free online gaming experiences, especially with longer runs.

Additionally, optical fibre, which is the backbone of FTTR, ensures a significantly more reliable data transmission between client devices. Unlike traditional copper cables, optical fibre is immune to electromagnetic interference, guaranteeing a stable connection even during storms or power outages.

Finally, with the ever-growing demand for more and more bandwidth, FTTR stands as a future-proof solution. As Internet usage and data requirements continue to escalate, FTTR can effortlessly accommodate these demands, making it a reliable and long-lasting investment.

So, in summary, FTTR can provide:

  1. High bandwidth
  2. More reliable data transmission
  3. Future-proof infrastructure in your home


What are the Use Cases of FTTR:

FTTR Networking: How to deploy fiber to each room? - VSOL

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  • In-home Wi-Fi backhauling: FTTR can enhance the performance of your home Wi-Fi network by providing a dedicated backhaul. This is particularly beneficial for bandwidth-intensive devices like streaming media devices and gaming consoles, ensuring optimal connectivity and reducing latency.
  • Broadband deployment for dense apartment buildings: FTTR is ideal for deploying broadband in dense apartment buildings. Its installation is convenient and can be easily integrated into existing infrastructures without the need for extensive cable installation.
  • Network infrastructure for smart offices: FTTR can serve as the foundation for a smart office’s network infrastructure. It facilitates essential functions such as video conferencing, cloud computing, and various Internet of Things (IoT) applications, enabling seamless connectivity and enhancing productivity.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) support for smart homes: FTTR plays a crucial role in supporting IoT devices within smart homes. From smart thermostats to security cameras and smart light bulbs, FTTR ensures reliable and uninterrupted connectivity, enabling efficient and interconnected smart home systems.
  • Low latency service in home networks: For applications demanding low latency, such as online gaming and video conferencing, FTTR is a valuable solution. By minimizing delays in data transmission, FTTR enhances the overall user experience and enables real-time interactions.


Future Use Cases of Fibre to the Room

The future potential of FTTR is highly promising, driven by its ability to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth and reliable connectivity. Its versatility across various applications positions it as a technology with far-reaching implications. Some of its future uses include:

  • Remote Healthcare: FTTR can be leveraged to offer telemedicine services, empowering doctors to remotely diagnose and treat patients. By providing high-speed, low-latency connectivity, FTTR ensures the seamless transmission of medical data and facilitates efficient healthcare delivery.
  • Remote learning: FTTR enables the delivery of remote learning services, enabling students to attend classes from anywhere in the world. By providing reliable and high-bandwidth internet access, FTTR bridges the gap between educators and learners, expanding educational opportunities.



FTTR is a ground-breaking technology poised to further expand access to faster broadband connectivity. With its high bandwidth, reliable transmission, and low latency, FTTR surpasses the limitations of traditional in-home networks. It caters to a wide range of use cases, from enhancing in-home Wi-Fi networks to enabling IoT applications and supporting smart offices. Furthermore, FTTR’s future potential is vast, with applications in telemedicine, remote learning, and self-driving cars. As the demand for high-speed, reliable, and low-latency internet access continues to grow, FTTR is set to become the standard for broadband connectivity, paving the way for a more connected and advanced digital future.


Mercku and FTTR – how can I leverage FTTR with mesh Wi-Fi systems?

Future generations of Mercku’s Mesh Wi-Fi systems, as well as Customer Premise Equipment, will have capabilities for leveraging fiber access directly, expanding the available deployment configurations for end-users and operators alike. Stay tuned for future releases that will allow you to take advantage of Gigabit+ speed throughout your home soon.


For more information about Mercku’s Connectivity Suite, our hardware and how you can partner with Mercku, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at

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