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USA - Fibre to the Home (FttH) Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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In recent years the US has been engaged in a more concerted fibre deployment effort, principally from the two incumbents Verizon and AT&T but notably also from Google with its successful investment in Kansas City. In addition, the smaller competitor carriers continue to deploy fibre deeper into their networks. Significantly, an increasing number of municipalities are sponsoring FttH networks, and the recent FCC National Broadband Plan envisages a greater role for public FttH networks in the pursuit of its goals.

Verizon has adopted an FttH approach while AT&T has chosen mainly FttN with FttH for new developments and multiple dwelling units. However, Verizon’s fibre-based FiOS network will no longer be built out beyond its existing footprint, and for both Verizon and AT&T there are significant regulator considerations regarding the companies’ legacy copper networks, which are to be mothballed.

This report provides an overview of FttH and other fibre network developments, including details of the major fibre deployments and key market statistics and forecasts.

Key developments

AT&T to invest $14 billion in LTE and U-verse network to 2015; Maine Fiber Co completes 1,100 mile open network fibre backbone; rural fibre developments in Missouri, Google Fiber extends to Texas and Utah; market developments to April 2013.

Companies included in this report:

Verizon; Google; AT&T; CenturyLink


1. Synopsis
2. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
2.1 Analysis
2.2 Overview
2.3 FttH network rollout
3. Policy and regulation framework
3.1 National broadband plan
3.2 Network Neutrality regulation
3.3 Gigabit City Challenge
4. Public (ILEC, CLEC and Municipal) FttH networks
4.1 Municipalities
4.2 Google Fiber
4.3 Other projects
5. RBOC FttH roll-out
5.1 Verizon
5.2 AT&T
5.3 CenturyLink
5.4 Regulatory considerations
5.5 Forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 – FttH homes passed and connected – 2001 - 2013
Table 2 – FttH market share by type of provider – 2006 - 2010
Table 3 – Non-RBOC and overall FttH take-up rates – 2002 – 2011
Table 4 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 - 2013
Table 5 – Forecast FttH homes passed, connected and penetration – low growth scenario – 2011 - 2016
Table 6 – Forecast FttH homes passed, connected and penetration – high growth scenario – 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 – FttH homes passed and connected – 2001 – 2013
Chart 2 – Non-RBOC and overall FttH take-up rates – 2002 – 2011
Exhibit 1 – Status of RBOC fibre network build out

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