Broadband Communities magazine reports good news for the fiber industry…
North American fiber-to-the-home deployers forged ahead in 2012, passing 2.7 million homes with fiber between September 2011 and September 2012, marketing fiber services to 3 million more homes and connecting 1.5 million new FTTH customers.
This growth – the industry’s best showing since 2008 – occurred as stimulus projects advanced in the United States and as the leading Canadian telcos ramped up their FTTH construction.
Revenue kept pace as well, with FTTH customers paying, on average, more than $57 a month for data – by far the most profitable offering a network provider can sell. Customer satisfaction soared, and average take rates continued an unbroken, decade-long rise.
It’s good news for the industry – and it’s good news for consumers who want fiber . I was surprised to see how FTTH is doing in Minnesota – as the map below indicates, we’re at about 2-3 percent fiber. For comparison – it looks like South Dakota is about 10 percent, North Dakota is better than 22 percent and the US average is 8 percent.