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FTTH market solidifying in United States

By Donna Donnawitz
December 3, 2012
The U.S. market for fiber-to-the-home investments is continuing to solidify as FTTH investments expand beyond the core providers in the telecom market and become a focal point for federal and municipal organizations, a recent study from Paul Budde Communication found.

Analyzing the U.S. FTTH market
The study explained that Verizon and AT&T have been dominating the FTTH market, leading the charge on expansion in the United States. However, FiOS build-outs are slowing and AT&T is focusing on LTE infrastructure along with FTTH. AT&T is, therefore, expected to put approximately $15 billion into its LTE and U-verse network systems by 2015.

While these leading vendors offer the potential to increase FTTH investments around the United States, much of the activity has been taking place outside the influence of these two telecom giants. According to the news source, second-tier telecoms and other small phone and internet service providers are initiating more FTTH activity.

FTTH investment could also slow slightly as more telecoms begin to focus on fiber to the node in many settings, with FTTH being used primarily for multi-dwelling units and similar buildings. However, many municipal governments and federal organizations, such as the Federal Communications Commission, are emphasizing FTTH spending as a way to improve the economic and communications capabilities of a region. This is leading to more subsidized networks and middle-mile optical network deployments in some regions.

Considering the long-term implications of FTTH spending
Many industry experts anticipate FTTH spending will have a major impact on the economy in regions where networks are built. The benefits of an FTTH installation are twofold in economic terms. The first facet of the project consists of the immediate short-term results of the installation. These benefits include new jobs, ranging from construction and cabling installation to marketing and communications needed to gain public support for the project. Once this process has been completed, the network begins to improve the economy by enabling better information flow within a region.

In an era when information is often the most important asset that businesses handle, having an advanced network connection is critical. This makes FTTH a strategic economic enabler in many regions. For telecoms, efficient FTTH installation is essential to monetize this trend, making fiber to Ethernet media converters and other advanced technologies critical to supporting the core goals of many FTTH projects.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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