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Report: Fiber to businesses still booming in U.S., Europe

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 3:10pm
Mike Robuck

A recent study by Vertical Systems Group found that the availability of business fiber continued to climb last year, both in the United States and Europe.

Fiber-enabled business facilities were available to 20.5 percent of the commercial buildings across Europe and 32 percent of the buildings in the United States. Vertical Systems previously said fiber penetration in the U.S. was 28 percent two years ago.

Vertical Systems Group said those metrics were an indicator of the penetration of direct fiber supplied by one or multiple network service providers in commercial buildings with 20 or more employees. Buildings that were not fiber-connected comprised the “fiber gap,” according to Vertical Systems.

Fiber-connected buildings enable tenants to access network services using direct fiber connections that provide bandwidth up to multi-gigabit-per-second rates.

"Access to business fiber has more than doubled between 2005 and 2011, both in Europe and in the U.S.; however, more than one million buildings in these markets are still not fiber-connected," said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Domestic and global service providers will continue to strategically broaden and deepen their fiber infrastructures. A challenge for businesses caught in the fiber gap is to determine when their building sites will be connected via fiber to these service networks."

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