2007 Global FttH - Fibre Networks Becoming a Reality

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Last updated: 1 Aug 2007 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 79

Analyst: Stephen McNamara

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the worldwide development of Fibre-to-the-Home. Information on a regional level is also provided for the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report includes analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends. It provides a comprehensive insight into the progress of FttH and examines some the drivers for implementation and issues impacting upon deployment. In addition the report provides detailed technical information on FttH technology.

Subjects covered include:

  • FttH trends and developments;
  • FttH deployment;
  • FttH statistics and forecasts;
  • Regional overview;
  • Technical information.

Executive Summary

Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH) is making great progress and finally becoming commercially viable. Advances in digital technology driven through fibre optic telecommunications promises great change - the new explosion of bandwidth will enable interactive multimedia and video information to come into households, schools, businesses etc in a variety of ways. There are various drivers behind the push for FttH, and it varies from country to country. Broadly speaking they can be categorised as economic, social, entertainment and business drivers. For more information, see chapter 1.2, page 7.

The other positive development is that the new FttH networks seem so much simpler than the original Phase 1 VDSL/fibre deployments. FttH should simplify the deployment process significantly and make the networks easier and cheaper to maintain. In addition, once all the initial work has been done, IT programming costs will also be greatly reduced.

Asia is the one region of the world where FttH has started to emerge as a serious broadband platform. Not unexpectedly, the movement towards fibre has occurred in Asia’s more developed markets, where positive government intervention plays an important role. For more information, see chapter 1.1, page 1.

Japan and South Korea were the first leaders in terms of deployments, due to strong government visions regarding national infrastructure development. It was seen as beneficial for these countries generally; especially in terms of developing new products and services that could be exported to global markets.

Today the progress of FttH around the world can not only be attributed to Japan and South Korea, but also to the large-scale deployments taking place in the USA and some parts of Europe. In 2007 more than 200 significant deployments of fibre cabling are occurring in Europe. In mid-2007 Sweden had more than 7% of households connected to fibre, Denmark and Norway 3% and The Netherlands about 2%. Fibre penetration is set to grow quickly in the next few years as the FttH and hybrid FttN/xDSL networks from incumbents and alternative operators come online. For more information, see chapter 2, page 20.

This report provides an insight and analysis into the trends and developments taking place in the FttH sector. A global overview of the progress of FttH is provided, as well as information at a regional level incorporating North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. The report includes statistics and forecasts and also provides detailed technical information on FttH technology. Please see chapter 3, page 50.

Key Highlights:

  • FttH deployment will be much faster in areas where there are clear business models for it (such as metro areas).
  • Incumbents need to upgrade their access and core networks in order to increase and improve upon speed, network capacity, resilience/redundancy and network cost reduction.
  • Education is just one of the important social aspects of fibring up countries – access to the Internet is already seen as a vital element in school education. Interactive video is going to add that special element to education which will make fibre optic networks even more important for community social structures.
  • Asia leads the world in terms of FttH household penetration, with Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan the leaders in that region. For more information, see chapter 2.5, page 29.

FttH subscribers, penetration and growth - Japan, USA, Europe - mid 2007

Country FttH subscribers
FttH penetration 2007
FttH growth
Japan 8.1+ 16.3 60
USA 1.3+ 1.2 99
Europe 1.2+ 1.8 13
(Source: BuddeComm based on FttH Councils and various industry sources, 2007)
  • In the USA, after years of delayed projects, the telcos are finally deploying FttH networks. By early 2007 fibre penetration had reached more than 1,000 US communities and was growing at almost 100% per annum, largely due to the extensive deployment being undertaken by Verizon. AT&T’s deployment continues to be plagued by delays but is expected to pick up pace in late 2007. For more information, see chapter 2.1.1, page 20.
  • While fibre services to businesses in metro areas have been a standard service offered by many telecom companies and ISPs in Canada, deployment of FttH is still in its very early stages, with only a limited number of residential communities being connected to fibre networks. For more information, see chapter 2.1.2, page 20.
  • Most FTTx deployments in Mexico and Brazil have involved affluent housing developments and tourist resorts. For more information, see chapter 2.2, page 21.
  • The first fibre rings have been laid in some of Africa’s largest cities and the first office premises have been connected to them directly, but it will be a while before the first residential homes in Africa will be connected by fibre.
  • In Europe, Scandinavian countries have the highest fibre household penetration in the world after Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. For more information, see chapter 2.3.1, page 22.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

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