16 Mar U.S. Business Fiber Penetration Rises to 31.8%
Small and medium business sites benefit most from increased availability of direct fiber.
BOSTON, MA, MARCH 16, 2012 —
Availability of optical fiber facilities extends to 31.8% of U.S. commercial locations with twenty or more employees, according to latest research from Vertical Systems Group. Fiber-connected buildings enable tenants to access network services using direct fiber connections that provide bandwidth up to multi-gigabit per second rates. U.S. fiber penetration for 2010 was 27.7%.
“Direct fiber is the preferred access technology deployed for business services like Ethernet and IP VPNs, and for connectivity to the Internet and cloud-based applications,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “With the majority of larger U.S. buildings already fiber-connected to one or more networks, service providers widened their fiber footprints in 2011 to cover more small and medium locations through new construction, strategic partnerships or acquisitions.”
Detailed statistics and comprehensive analysis of fiber penetration trends in the U.S. and European markets are available exclusively through Vertical Systems Group’s ENS(Emerging Networks Service). Research content covers the period 2004 through 2011, and includes quantification by customer segment (Large Enterprise and SMB) and building segment (20-50 employees, 51-100 employees, 101-250 employees and 251+ employees).