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Study: Global Fiber-to-the-home use to surge

Posted: 21 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Heavy Reading? FTTH Worldwide Market and Technology Forecast? fiber-optic network?

The total number of homes worldwide that will be reached by next-generation fiber-optic networks will soar from about 11 million this year to about 86 million in 2011, according to study by Heavy Reading, the market research division of Light Reading Inc.

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) expansion will be most aggressive in Asia over the next five years, according to The FTTH Worldwide Market and Technology Forecast 2006-2011. The number of connected households in Asia will grow to 59 million by the end of 2011. The rest of the subscriber base at 2011 will be split equally between the Americas and the Europe/Middle East/Africa region.

In addition, the study said HDTV, next-generation gaming, personal video, and digital photography will contribute to the emergence of a new broadband standard of 100Mbps symmetric over the next 12 to 24 months. Although VDSL2 networks can in principle provide such capacity, this is at the limit of copper's capabilities and will encourage telecom companies to begin transitioning to fiber-to-the-home.

"The transition from copper to fiber access networks is now well underway and will result in the replacement of most copper networks over the next two decades," notes Graham Finnie, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. "Although DSL offers a temporary fix to the ever-growing consumer demand for bandwidth, it will run out of options in the next three to five years, meaning that telcos must begin the transition to fiber soon."

The study noted that EPON is the solution of choice in most Asian countries and will dominate overall deployment, but GPON will dominate in the United States. Active Ethernet and EPON have some support in the United States, but will remain minority technologies

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