North American fibre deployments hit record high – report

Created December 19, 2018
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The US Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC has released a new report on the rapid growth of the North American fibre broadband industry. On a webinar, Mike Render, president of RVA, LLC, shared that fibre deployment has reached record highs in 2018.

The report found that in 2018, fibre surpassed DSL to become the second most common connection for home internet in North America after cable. In the United States, fibre now passes 41 million unique homes in the United States and connects 18.6 million homes. This is a 17% increase in homes passed by fibre since 2017. In North America as a whole, fibre now passes nearly 60 million homes and connects 23.8 million, while Canada leads North American fibre deployment, with 19% growth in homes marketed in 2018 alone.

The webinar and research also addressed the role of 5G in these trends. Total fibre deployment is at record levels – and small cell deployment has only just begun.

“The fibre industry is on fire,” said Lisa R. Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Fibre holds the key for next generation connectivity, from 5G to smart cities to the Internet of Things. This research and analysis helps keep the industry, consumers, and policymakers informed about our Association’s progress towards a better connected future. I am excited to work with our industry partners to keep up this momentum in 2019.”

The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association in the Americas dedicated to the pursuit of all fibre optic network infrastructure to the home, to the business and to everywhere.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.