Fiber Drives Global Broadband Access Forward

  • Broadband Forum
  • Point Topic
LONDON – As broadband subscribers approach 635 million globally, the latest figures published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic reveal that hybrid fiber access (FTTx) has experienced the highest market gain over the past year. Of the 54 million new broadband subscribers added in the year leading up to 3Q 2012, 26 million are being served with fiber (48 percent). Overall, fiber deployments have now passed cable to account for 19.7 percent of the total broadband market.

Despite facing harsh economic times, the overall broadband growth during the third quarter 2012 is estimated at over 12 million lines. Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic said, “As the world gradually emerges from financial turmoil the continued growth of broadband has been a steady light in the storm. We won’t see the triple-digit growth of old but many markets are entering a phase of consolidation and consumer multi-service alignment.”

The Broadband Forum continues to expand its fiber-related solutions, building on its comprehensive BroadbandSuite 5.0 release, which is a major resource for the fiber industry to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of PON.

G-PON ONU Certification Program Expanding
The Broadband Forum G-PON ONU Certification Program is also expanding. The certification program, known as BBF.247, is open to G-PON ONU products with Ethernet interfaces. This certification demonstrates that an ONU conforms to TR-156 and the associated OMCI configuration as defined in the ITU-T G.988, and provides vendors with the opportunity to test once and use their certification globally, saving testing cost and time as they compete in RFPs for business. Equally, it gives operators increased confidence in their vendor selection processes, another step towards providing truly interoperable solutions.


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