Austin, TX (July 20, 2005) – Witnessing the growth of fiber-to-the-premises in Asia, it is not surprising that there are several government initiatives in this region that support broadband expansion enabling bandwidth speeds that are provided by FTTP deployments. IMS Research estimates that the Asia-Pacific region accounted for over 80% of all FTTP subscribers in 2004. The US, which is estimated to account for 5% of worldwide FTTP subscribers, has fallen behind in government support of FTTP.
In the Asia-Pacific region there are such initiatives as e-Japan and e-Korea. Both of these initiatives advocate bandwidths of 100 Mbps by specific dates. In Europe, there is the e-Europe initiative from the European Union which is intended to expand broadband penetration, including FTTP, in Europe. This initiative also allocates funds for the development of broadband access, including FTTP.
Yet in the US, there remains little government support for high-speed broadband access. There are programs and financing available to rural communities, such as ones from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) program, to fund initiatives such as fiber buildout. However, the definition of broadband being used by the US FCC today includes speeds over 200 Kbps in one direction, which is well below the bandwidth that other regions are seeking to achieve. In 2004, US President Bush called for high-speed Internet access to be available to all Americans by 2007; however, government support for such a goal has not been presented.
“Government support and initiatives will play an important roll in the continuing rollout of FTTP,” states Jack Mayo, analyst at IMS Research. “In the regions that have strong government support for broadband the benefit of such support can be seen in the accelerated growth of broadband, including FTTP. In Japan for example, there were already over two million FTTP subscribers in 2004, and this is still growing.”
In the first edition of a study, The Worldwide Market for Fiber-to-the-premises, IMS Research provides market forecasts and analysis of the worldwide market for FTTP in over 30 countries in three regions, with segmentation by active Ethernet and passive optical networks, to the year 2009. The report provides an insight into many of the key questions concerning FTTP, including which PON standard will be next, and will active Ethernet deployments fade from view in favor of PON. This study also takes an in-depth look at competing broadband access technologies.
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