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5 March 2007


US fiber subscribers to reach 18m by 2011

The number of US households subscribing to FTTx (e.g. fiber-to-the-home, -curb and -premises) will rise from 3 million in 2007 to 18 million by the end of 2011, according to the report ‘FTTx and BPL [broadband over power lines]: Analysis and Outlook’ from Parks Associates.

Fiber subscriptions will join DSL and cable as mainstream broadband access methods over the next five years, driven by aggressive deployment plans from the main telecom companies and increased consumer demand for new data, voice, and video services.

“While fiber is a small percentage of total US broadband household subscriptions today, it will achieve a faster growth rate than DSL and cable did after their inception,” says research analyst Chris Roden. “Companies like Verizon and AT&T are hoping to match and surpass the broadband offerings from the cable MSOs, and their bold plans to upgrade their existing copper networks will drive fiber growth,” he adds. “Increasing consumer demand for bundled services such as video-on-demand and IPTV will also fuel the increase in fiber subscriptions.”