Strategy Analytics: The Future of Broadband is in Fiber

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BOSTON -- “The future of broadband is clearly in fiber,” says analyst Ben Piper, director of the Strategy Analytics Multiplay Market Dynamics service. “The existing Telco xDSL infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life. Soon it will no longer be able to support increasingly bandwidth-heavy consumer applications.”

Rankings just released by Strategy Analytics show that eight of the world’s top ten most fiber broadband-enabled countries are Asian and Eastern European. At the end of 2009, 51 percent of South Korean households will have a fiber connection, making it the most fiber-connected country worldwide. Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Lithuania round out the top five in the firm’s rankings.

Singapore will overtake South Korea for the number one position by 2013, according to Strategy Analytics. Part of the Singaporean government's “iN2015” initiative is the construction of a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises network, currently underway, with mandated 100 percent coverage by January 1, 2013.

Likewise, Australia, which this year launched its $31 billion National Broadband Network (NBN), will catapult from 21st to 8th place worldwide by 2013, according to Strategy Analytics. The government-backed FTTP based solution aims to deliver 100 Mbps FTTP service to 90 percent of Australian households, schools, and businesses over the next eight years.

Fiber Broadband-Enabled Countries 2009
Source: Strategy Analytics

Rank Country 2009
1 South Korea 51%
2 Japan 36%
3 Hong Kong 22%
4 Taiwan 16%
5 Lithuania 16%
6 Estonia 14%
7 Slovenia 12%
8 Sweden 12%
9 Denmark 10%
10 Latvia 7%
11 Norway 7%
12 Singapore 6%
13 United Arab Emirates 5%
14 United States of America 5%
15 Netherlands 4%
16 Slovakia 3%
17 China 3%
18 New Zealand 3%
19 Albania 3%
20 Portugal 3%


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