North American FTTH: The Latest Research

Fiber Growth Remains Strong: Now Passing 30 Million Homes in the U.S.

Fiber Broadband Association
2 min readOct 27, 2016

It’s an exciting time for fiber broadband in North America. A new report from the Fiber to the Home Council Americas shows that fiber deployment has seen strong annual growth, and smaller providers are playing a big role.

Key Stats Include:

  • North America has experienced record growth in fiber to homes for the last 3 years with 2016 year over year growth totaling 16%. In fact, 2016 saw 4.2 million homes passed, roughly tying with the previous record set in 2008.
  • During 2004–2013, large telco’s (Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier) accounted for about 83% of the FTTH build, while other providers added just 17% of the annual additions. But in the last three years, the large telcos only accounted for about 52% of the build while the “other 1000” FTTH providers added 48% in aggregate.
  • Homes connected to fiber networks in the U.S. rose to 13.7 million. Although aggregated take rates have fallen slightly to 45%, this decline is common during periods of aggressive build — as backbone builds occur faster than connections.

It’s no easy task to deploy fiber in the North America — several billion miles of network are required to supply fiber-optic capability to an individual U.S. home — but thousands of providers are united in bringing all fiber networks to the U.S.

Smaller providers are playing a large role in fiber’s growth.
True FTTH now passes over 30 million homes in the U.S
What’s especially noteworthy is the fact that FTTH deployment is occurring much faster than previous U.S. builds of communication pathways to the home.

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