Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Full Fiber Nets Now Pass 20 Million Homes in North America San Francisco 09/14/2010 - Intriguing news keeps rolling from the 2010 FTTH Conference & Fiber Expo in Vegas sponsored by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, North America.  Today the Council released new data showing that FTTH nets now pass 20 million North American homes, and that "6.45 million households on the continent now receive Internet, television and/or voice services over fiber to the home networks."

Yesterday EPB, the public power authority serving Chattanooga, TN generated huge national interest as it used the the fiber show as its venue to announce the launch of the first 1Gigabit business and residential network offering in an American city.  Enabled by the GPON platform of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), the EPB high speed offering is part of a triple play package branded as Tri-Fi

"All indications are that a large number of small and medium-sized telecoms and other broadband providers - more than 750 by our count - have either upgraded to FTTH or are in the process of doing so," said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council, a non-profit organization of more than 200 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber, next-generation networks.  "In addition, our earlier surveys show that the vast majority of the remaining telecoms are seriously considering going all-fiber in the next several years."

"Clearly, any provider of telecommunications services has to be thinking how they are going to meet the ever-expanding bandwidth needs of their subscribers.  And FTTH is really the only cost-effective way to future-proof a network against this increasing demand," he added.

The precise number of "homes passed" by FTTH networks when the survey data was compiled is 19,966,000, representing about 17.4 percent of North American households, and up from about 18,250,000 homes passed measured six months ago.

The survey of broadband providers throughout North America, which is conducted by RVA Market Research, found that FTTH networks are continuing to expand beyond Verizon's $23 billion deployment of its FiOS fiber to the home network, with hundreds of smaller telecoms across the continent now moving forward with FTTH upgrades.   Michael Render, the Principal of RVA said "the number of homes passed by FTTH networks as expanded by 100 times since the FTTH Council was founded nine years ago, with growth really beginning to accelerate in 2005."

RVA - FTTH Council Presentation 09-2010
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