FTTH upgrades on in recession

Despite the difficult financial climate, the progression of fibre upgrades is now inevitable, according to a report from Pyramid Research, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network.

“We found that telcos’ need for fibre to the home remains strong, especially in developed markets, where deployments are driven by the maturity of the broadband markets and a proliferation of IP-based video, TV and interactive applications,” notes Özgür Aytar, Senior Research Manager at Pyramid Research and co-author of the report.

The report also found that with mobile operators now offering broadband at speeds and prices equivalent to entry-level ADSL subscriptions, telcos have little time to procrastinate. “After losing the voice game to mobile players in the early 2000s, fixed-line operators can hardly allow the same to happen with the broadband business, which has kept them afloat when voice revenue tanked”, adds Aytar.

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