North American FTTH Continues on Impressive Growth Track
All-Fiber Network Deployment Showing New Level of Activity
in Canada and Mexico
(ORLANDO, FL) – More than 7.6 million North American homes now receive their Internet, video and/or voice services over end-to-end fiber networks, according to a report commissioned by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council.
The figure reported by market analysis firm RVA LLC showed an increase of 1.15 million FTTH households over the past year, for an annual gain of 18 percent in the number of homes served by fiber to the home networks.
The RVA report also showed that FTTH service is now available to 22 million homes on the continent, a gain of about 10 percent in FTTH “homes passed” over the past year.
The latest FTTH deployment numbers were released today at the industry’s annual trade show, the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo, which is underway this week in Orlando, FL.
RVA President Mike Render noted that 2011 has been a year in which Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean have begun to register significant FTTH deployment activity, with four percent of total new connections happening in Canada and five percent occurring in Mexico and the Caribbean.
“While fiber to the home deployment in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean had barely scratched the surface in previous years, it appears that the FTTH providers in those countries are now out of the starting gate, and I expect see continued growth in their fiber activity going forward,” said Mike Render, President of RVA.
About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible. The Council organizes North America’s largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 – 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.
David St. John