Record Growth for U.S. Fiber Deployment in 2017

  • Fiber Broadband Association
WASHINGTON — U.S. fiber deployments experienced record growth in 2017, according to new numbers released by the Fiber Broadband Association and market research provider RVA. Annual deployments hit a new record passing 35 million homes, a whopping 4.4 million increase in homes marketed — the most-ever in a single year — and a 15 percent growth over the 2016. 15.4 million American households now take all fiber. The research also shows that Canada is the leader with 45 percent growth in homes marketed in 2017.

Increased Participation of Smaller FTTH Providers
The rapid growth of fiber networks in North America is due in large part to the increased participation of smaller FTTH providers as well as increased consumer demand, reflected in FTTH’s continued progress despite a general lack of specific government funding. Deployment growth from the largest providers grew at a rate of 14.1 percent, while the smaller providers had 16.5 percent deployment growth.

The research also delved into new consumer data regarding broadband use, priorities and satisfaction along several metrics. These consumer insights cast a spotlight on how exactly fiber broadband is perceived and needed, as an individual technology and in comparison to other technologies.

“Across the board, fiber is meeting consumer and business needs and connecting people to a uniquely satisfying broadband experience, said Heather Burnett Gold, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Commissioning such key research is one of the many ways that the Fiber Broadband Association serves the fiber industry, keeping us all informed about where this exciting technology is and where it is going.”

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