04.02.07 | Doug Mohney, VON Magazine enewsletter
Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections are continuing to "accelerate," according to a new study sponsored by the FTTH Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).
Released yesterday, about 1.34 million homes are now connected to the Internet via end-to-end fiber with FTTH now "passing" 7.9 million homes. At this time last year, only 671,000 connections were made and only 4.1 million homes.
Further, the study shows that FTTH is being installed by a wide range of providers, not just large phone companies. According for more than 430,000 FTTH subscribers are small rural telephone companies, medium-sized telephone service providers and cable companies, private facilities-based competitive local exchange carriers and public entities such as municipalities and public utilities. The author of the study say there are over 340 companies serving customers with fiber, with small rural customers leading the way in terms of penetration of their customer base at about 3 percent.
Rates of FTTH growth in the United States are expected to grow as video services, gaming, and data applications take off. The FTTH Council recently called upon the U.S. government to adopt a universal access 100 Mbps broadband strategy.