USA - Fibre to the Premises (FttP) Market - Statistics and Analyses

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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 FttP networks, and the recent FCC National Broadband Plan envisages a greater role for public FttP networks in the pursuit of its goals.

Verizon has adopted an FttP approach while AT&T has chosen mainly FttN with FttP 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 FttP and other fibre network developments, including details of the major fibre deployments and key market statistics and forecasts.

Key developments

Google Fiber extended to four more cities, receives license to operate as an ISP in San Antonio; AT&T announces plans to extend fibre to an additional 11.7 million premises; C Spire adopts Google Fiber's strategy to build out fibre in Mississippi; fibre extends to more than 39% of commercial buildings; 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; FCC approves new net neutrality proposals; telcos' operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies included in this report:

Verizon; Google; AT&T; CenturyLink

1. Synopsis
2. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
2.1 Analysis
2.2 Overview
2.3 FttP 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) FttP networks
4.1 Municipalities
4.2 Google Fiber
4.2.1 The Google factor in the Obama broadband speech
4.3 FCC ruling on municipal fiber networks
4.4 Other projects
5. RBOC FttP roll-out
5.1 Verizon
5.2 AT&T
5.3 CenturyLink
5.4 Cox Communications
5.5 Cincinnati Bell
5.6 Comcast
5.7 Regulatory considerations
5.8 Forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 FttP homes passed and connected 2001 - 2015
Table 2 FttP market share by type of provider 2006 - 2010
Table 3 Non-RBOC and overall FttP take-up rates 2002 2011
Table 4 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 - 2015
Table 5 AT&T wireline operational data 2013 - 2015
Table 6 Forecast FttP homes passed, connected and penetration low growth scenario 2011 - 2016
Table 7 Forecast FttP homes passed, connected and penetration high growth scenario 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 Non-RBOC and overall FttP take-up rates 2002 2011
Exhibit 1 Status of RBOC fibre network build out

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