Developers of master-planned communities could be a burgeoning new market for emerging technologies like fiber-to-the-home and VDSL, according to new analysis from research firm Cahners In-Stat/MDR.
As the U.S. residential real estate market becomes increasingly competitive and developers race to provide potential buyers with a choice of amenities, broadband connectivity is becoming increasingly popular, according to "Master Planned Communities: The Leading Edge for Broadband Services."
The In-Stat reports says that while there is plenty of impetus driving the "connected communities" market forward (the percentage of connected greenfield homes built is projected to grow from 11 percent in 2002 to 61 percent in 2006), there are also barriers that must be overcome.
"The connected community is becoming a showcase for leading-edge deployment strategies and the very layout of the master planned community environment provides a perfect test ground for emerging last mile technologies, such as fiber-to-the-home and VDSL deployments," says Amy Cravens, an analyst at In-Stat.
The report also says that the majority of revenues will be attributed to cable TV connections, as they will dominate the connected community market. On a per-subscriber basis, FTTH will afford the highest revenue streams because of the wider variety of services that will be supported, as well as the providers' need to recover the cost of the deployment.
In-Stat is owned by Cahners, which also publishes CED magazine and CEDaily Direct.