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> THE FIBER TO THE HOME (FTTH) Council Americas
has released the results of a survey it commissioned to be
conducted by RVA LLC, which shows that fiber deployments
in the United States grew 13 percent in 2015.
“From our survey of North American broadband
providers, we’ve found that fiber-to-the-home deployment
has continued to grow steadily, and 2015 marks the second
biggest year for expansion since the technology became
available,” said Michael Render, RVA president. “The industry
is poised for substantial growth over the next five years.”
Major findings from the 2015 survey include the following:
More fiber in more homes: The acceleration in U. S.
FTTH deployment that began in 2011 continues. In 2015,
fiber was made available for nearly 3 million new homes in
the United States. Currently, 26 million U.S. homes are passed
Higher standards yield higher results: 12. 3 million U.S.
homes are connected with FTTH. That represents almost a
50 percent take (the decision to use fiber technology) rate,
which, according to the council, is very high by the world’s
standards. Almost 20 percent of all true FTTH connections
are in the United States.
Providers are setting their sights on gigabit service:
The movement to both symmetrical and gigabit service
continues in the United States and Canada. More than half
of the more than 1,000 FTTH providers in North America
expect to be offering 1 gigabit per second within five years.
North America grows together: Nearly 34 million
homes in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the
Caribbean are passed and marketed. Canada’s growth has
been accelerating, with 2. 4 million homes marketed.
Happy consumers mean more growth: According to the
survey, consumer experience and word-of-mouth drive most
of the FTTH growth. FTTH consumers report more than 50
percent higher satisfaction with fiber than with DSL or cable.
According to the FTTH Council, faster speeds and service
reliability drive consumer satisfaction.
The FTTH Council Americas is a nonprofit association
of companies and organizations that deliver video, internet
and voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation,
direct fiber optic connections; it also includes entities
involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its
mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access
networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications
and solutions create value for service providers and their
customers, promote economic development and enhance
quality of life.