STATFlash: U.S. Business Fiber Connectivity Surpasses 1.4 Million Sites

New ENS research quantifies U.S. fiber availability at 76.4% for Medium/Large Buildings and 19.1% for Small Buildings

BOSTON, MA, May 31, 2023 – Business fiber connectivity reached more than 1.4 million U.S. commercial buildings and data centers in 2022, according to latest latest ENS @Fiber research from Vertical Systems Group. Buildings lit with optical fiber enable tenants to directly connect to business network services at speeds up to gigabit rates.

Fiber availability increased in 2022 to 76.4% of sites for the Fiber 20+ segment, which covers four Medium and Large building sizes ranging up to 251+ employees. This compares to 19.1% of sites in the Fiber <20 segment of Small buildings that have fewer than twenty employees.

“Small buildings accounted for the majority of new fiber lit sites during 2022. Suppliers include the hundreds of fiber providers across the U.S. with nationwide, regional or metro footprints,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal of Vertical Systems Group. “Fiber expansion continues to be boosted by multiple factors, including business demand for higher speed network services, government funding incentives, M&A activity, joint ventures, and private investments.”

U.S. Fiber Connectivity 2022
Fiber Research Highlights
  • The total U.S. base for fiber calculations includes 5+ million commercial buildings and data centers.
  • More than 3.8 million U.S. commercial sites have no optical fiber access to network services.
  • 37% of commercial sites with greater than 250 employees have fiber connections from three or more different providers.
  • Twelve retail and wholesale fiber providers qualified for a rank position on the 2022 U.S. Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD.
Fiber lit buildings for this analysis include company-owned and multi-tenant commercial sites plus data centers. A lit building is defined to have on-net optical fiber connectivity to a network provider’s infrastructure and active service termination equipment onsite. Excluded from this analysis are standalone cell towers, small cells not located in fiber lit buildings, near net buildings, buildings classified as coiled at curb or coiled in building, HFC-connected buildings, carrier central offices, residential buildings, and private or dark fiber installations.

What’s in @Fiber?

@Fiber research is available now exclusively to ENS Research Program subscribers. Research content covers Fiber Lit building analysis for five segments based on employee counts (<20, 20–50, 51–100, 101–250, 251+ employees), detailed quantification of the U.S. fiber market, plus the lit building counts by provider that power the Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD rankings. Contact us for more information and pricing.
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