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Study pegs Asia-Pacific region for MTU growth

Tue, 04/23/2002 - 8:00pm
Duffy Hayes

According to a new report from researcher In-Stat/MDR, the market for Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU) broadband connectivity solutions that shows the most promise for growth is in the Asia Pacific region, based on a number of unique market factors.

The study estimates the MTU marketplace in the region to grow more than $3.4 billion by 2006, from a 2001 level of just over $158 million.

Here in the U.S., MTU growth has been sluggish, as providers struggle to develop a cost effective business model to serve millions of potential high-rise broadband customers. Much of the delay can be attributed to provider's reticence to put expensive in-building aggregation gear on site in many of these buildings.

However, in Asia-specifically in more advanced countries like Japan, South Korea and China-several dominant providers are adopting an in-building deployment model, or are in the process of defining a similar strategy. Couple that momentum with the region's high number of MTU properties, a general propensity toward broadband adoption, and an improving regulatory environment, and In-Stat/MDR targets this part of the world as the most promising for growth in the MTU sector.

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