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Steady U.S. Fiber Growth Evident in New Study

Fiber penetration in business buildings continued to grow steadily in 2015.

A study by Vertical Systems Group found that fiber was present in more than 46 percent of commercial buildings last year, up from less than 43 percent in 2014.

The U.S. business fiber gap has steadily decreased over the years. Just 10.9 percent of business buildings had a fiber presence in 2004, according to research by Vertical.

Vertical’s co-founder, Rosemary Cochran, said network operators “targeted greenfield metro areas and midsize multi-tenant buildings” last year.{ad}

“Fiber access to network services is additionally being pre-built into nearly every new commercial building across the U.S. Business customers want ready accessibility to fiber-based services for the capacity and scalability necessary to future-proof their networks,” she said. “Consequently, a top competitive differentiator for both wholesale and retail service providers is the geographic reach of their on-net fiber footprints.”

Big telcos and cable providers certainly are on board with the trend. AT&T recently said it has added a million commercial buildings to its fiber network since 2012. Other players are making a play for fiber dominance, including CenturyLink, Comcast, Windstream and WOW! Business, which announced plans to expand its fiber presence last week.

Fiber is the most widely deployed access technology for delivery of carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. It also is increasingly implemented to support higher speed hybrid VPNs, cloud and Internet connectivity, mobile traffic aggregation and emerging SDN-enabled Dynamic Network Connectivity Services (DNCS).

Vertical’s study takes into account buildings that hold 20 or more employees from a business. The company estimates that more than 2 million of those locations exist in the U.S.


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