North American FTTH: The Latest Research
Fiber Growth Remains Strong: Now Passing 30 Million Homes in the U.S.
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.
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