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


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

Given the size of the US market, and the growing demand for data on both fixed and mobile networks, there is continuous pressure for operators to invest in fibre backhaul networks, and to push connectivity closer to consumers. In recent years the US has seen increased activity from regional players such as Google, with its successful investments in a number of markets. Local networks supported by municipal governments have also sprung up despite the lobbying efforts of AT&T and Verizon aimed at preventing local competition. However, the FCC's National Broadband Plan envisages a greater role for public FttP networks in the pursuit of its goals, and in the activities of muni-networks will form a large part of the patch-work fibre deployments across the country in coming years.

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 and AT&T's U-verse are not being built out beyond their existing footprints, and for both operators there are significant regulator considerations regarding their 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

Cable ONE planning 1Gb/s service across 200 cities during 2016;
FttH Council counts 26 million premises passed with fibre;
Google Fiber extended to four more cities, receives license to operate as an ISP in San Antonio;
AT&T planning to deliver 1Gb/s service to an additional 23 markets;
C Spire adopts Google Fiber's strategy to build out fibre in Mississippi;
fibre extends to more than 39% of commercial buildings;
AT&T invests $14 billion in LTE and U-verse network;
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;
report update includes telcos' operating data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Verizon; Google; AT&T; CenturyLink


1. Synopsis
2. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Market 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
6. Related reports
Table 1 FttP homes passed and connected 2001 - 2015
Table 2 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 - 2015
Table 3 AT&T wireline operational data 2013 - 2015
Table 4 Cincinnati Bell Fioptics revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 5 Cincinnati Bell Fioptics subscribers 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2015

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