Fiber deployments overtake cable to account for 19.7% of broadband market

Telecom Lead Europe: Global fiber deployments have crossed cable to account for 19.7 percent of the total broadband market.

Of the 54 million new broadband subscribers added in the year leading up to Q3 2012, 26 million are being served with fiber (48 percent), said Broadband Forum.

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Technology subscribers:

Technology

Q3 2011

Q4 2011

Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Fiber

99,148,740

106,146,809

112,319,534

117,380,402

125,054,374

Copper

350,084,349

353,335,639

359,560,708

364,516,750

366,962,524

Cable

112,141,446

114,799,009

117,046,090

119,188,313

121,008,163

Other

19,108,390

19,821,067

20,639,885

21,201,091

21,748,794

 

Source: Point Topic, Q3 2012

 

The overall broadband growth during the third quarter 2012 is estimated at over 12 million lines.

 

“Our G-PON Certification program will help the industry expedite fiber network rollout and pave the way for swift expansion of superfast broadband and the development of new technologies. It will enable next generation systems to come to the market faster and with interoperability from day one,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum.

editor@telecomlead.coma

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