FTTH now being sold to 10M US homes
Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is now being marketed to more than 10 million North American homes, according to the latest report from RVA Market Research & Consulting. And FTTH networks pass nearly 12 million homes, or nearly 10% of all the homes in North America.
Nearly 3 million homes are connected to fiber, and 770,500 of those (or 26%) were added in the last six months, according to RVA.
Bell companies (mainly Verizon Communications) account for 2,079,000 FTTH subscribers (or 72% of the total), while a mix of 593 other providers collectively claim the other 833,500, RVA said. Non-Bell incumbents own 14% of all FTTH customers. CLECs own nearly 5%, municipalities own 4%, developers and integrators own less than 4% and cable companies own nearly 1%.
The most fiber-rich areas of the US are those within the territory of Verizon or third-tier telcos, where a third of all households are located and 5.8% of them are connected to fiber. In areas served by AT&T, Qwest or tier-two telcos—where two-thirds of US homes are found—only 0.6% of homes have fiber.
The take rate for FTTH services is climbing steadily from its low point of 18.4% in 2005 to 28.8% today, RVA said. But the take rate among non-Bell companies is much higher—having hovered around 52% for the past two years.
More than 8 million homes are now able to order television service over fiber, a 36% jump in the last six months, RVA said. And more than 1.6 million homes receive video over fiber, 56% more than in September.
More than 17,000 homes are now able to order 100 Mb/s Internet service, up from about 12,000 a year ago.
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