Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on FTTH in the US and global broadband growth.
US FTTH Passes Nearly 8 Million Homes
A new study, done by RVA Market Research and jointly released by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), found that nearly 8 million homes are now passed by fiber to the home (FTTH), up from 4 million a year ago. Of those, 1.3 million are connected to the fiber, better than double the 671,000 that were connected in March 2006.
The report says more than 340 companies now offer FTTH services. Verizon's FiOS service is by far the largest, with nearly 900,000 connected homes. ( www.rvallc.com ) ( www.ftthcouncil.com ) ( www.tiaonline.org ) ( www.verizon.com ) ( www.verizonfios.com )
Report Predicts Rapid Growth in Broadband Penetration and Factory Revenue
A recent study by market intelligence researcher iSuppli predicts that "global broadband subscribers will grow to 622.7 million by 2011, more than double the 270.4 million in 2006. ... Household broadband penetration is expected to exceed 50 percent in the United States and Japan for the first time this year, and will do so in Europe in 2008."
iSuppli also predicts continued growth in broadband equipment factory revenue "set to rise to $15.1 billion by 2011, expanding at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.2 percent, up from $11.2 billion in 2006." ( www.isuppli.com )