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Fiber to Account for 19% of Global Connections by Year's End
by Karl Bode 08:18AM Wednesday Sep 04 2013
According to a new report by ABI Research, fiber-optic broadband market share will reach 19% by the end of this year, up from 16% in 2012. To be fair, the company is measuring both fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the node (FTTN) in their calculations, meaning they're including services like AT&T's DSL-driven U-Verse. "The number of broadband subscribers is growing on all DSL, cable, and fiber-optic platforms. However, there is a marked shift in consumer adoption from DSL to fiber-optic as operators continue to extend the reach of their fiber-optic infrastructure," notes the company.

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Metatron2008
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united state

Selective stats...

Most things are actually fiber anyway, it's the last mile where companies rip you off.

Corehhi

join:2002-01-28
Bluffton, SC
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Re: Selective stats...

said by Metatron2008:

Most things are actually fiber anyway, it's the last mile where companies rip you off.

True except it's not the company ripping you off. I use to know the CEO of the local phone/cable/internet company and he said flat out back 14 years ago that it would cost him $1250 a house to hook up fiber and developers weren't going for it or individual home owners so he gave up offering it. We have a big Sun City about 15 miles from me and he offered them fiber to each home for $275 a discounted rate and Del Webb would not pay simple as that. Fiber was being run in every new community so it goes by every house but it was really lack of people who would pay for it that was the problem. This was all happening back 14 years a go when I was building my house and asked if fiber was available. I would have paid the $1250 if it was offered instead I was stuck on dial up for 2 years until DSL came to my neighborhood. I wasn't so happy about all that but what can you do????
FactChecker
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join:2008-06-03

FTTN?

Isn't FTTN a hybrid fiber copper solution. Sounds like cable's HFC.

To be REALLY fair, it is less about the physical wire media used to deliver your Internet service and more about the speed and quality as compared to the services that you use.
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DnEtDe6c

join:2007-02-02
Athens, GA

Re: FTTN?

said by FactChecker:

Isn't FTTN a hybrid fiber copper solution. Sounds like cable's HFC.

To be REALLY fair, it is less about the physical wire media used to deliver your Internet service and more about the speed and quality as compared to the services that you use.

Exactly. This is a pretty meaningless study. By their definition, I'm one of those with fiber, but my speed still lags behind much of the U.S., and far behind those countries with more developed infrastructure.
Bengie25

join:2010-04-22
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Fiber has superior speed and quality, so it is indirectly true to say that fiber is better.

Cheap 1tb/s links for fiber are right around the corner(8 years?). Copper has issues getting past 10gb without extreme costs.

As for reliability, there was a story of an ISP where their fiber node got submerged under several feet of water during some river flood. Not only that, but it got covered in mud and the mud got packed into the node.

They showed a picture of them cleaning the inside of the node with fire hose after the flood and they mentioned how the users on that node never lost internet.

That is another reason why fiber is awesome.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: FTTN?

Fibre is not fully immune to issues, especially around splices and bend radius issues, however from a bandwidth and power perspective fibre is definitely the way to go. If water gets into the clad, you are SOL just like copper, and in many cases they keep copper pressurized to minimize flooding issues. A node w/ copper would be done tho. It would be stupid to use a fire hose, Im assuming that node will have issues if not now in a few years.

And if they count FTTN, that is only backhaul not last mile and the last mile technology makes ALL the difference. HFC FTTN is superior to xDSL FTTN all day long. And even in FTTP googles version is superior to PON. Technology is always advancing and even xDSL can be decent.

The big issue is a large part of America still has T1ish or frame backhaul (what they are calling DSL) and that means high speed is a pipe dream, so I can understand tracking fiber backhaul. Cable is an entirely capable platform. Also, fixed wireless will be an emerging option and may supplant DSL, and I'm not talking about Verizon's $10/GB LTE version. Mix this with sat TV and now you are talking.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Have to count HFC

For the US, you'd have to count HFC, as in many cases it actually pushes fiber farther out than U-Verse. However, globally, where most places don't have cable, this is probably fairly accurate, as least once you realize that it's not measuring what it claims to, but rather FTTN.