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20 April 2017
| James Pearce
The fibre gap for businesses in the United States continued to narrow in 2016, as penetration in commercial buildings grew to 49.6%.
The figures, supplied by Vertical Systems Group, highlight
the growing demand for fibre services sin the US. By
comparison, in 2004, when it first started publishing the fibre
gap figures, fibre was available in just 10.9% of commercial
In 2015, the figure was 46.2%, up from 42.5% in 2014. The
figures show a steady rise of between 4% and 6% per year in
penetration, with 2016 seeing almost half of all commercial
The research found that active optical fibre is the most
widely deployed access technology for the delivery of carrier
Ethernet services in the US. It is also the preferred choice
for both service providers and business customers looking for
"Fiber footprints have been highly valued assets in nearly
every merger transaction in the industry during the past two
years. The density of fiber lit buildings on-net and geographic
reach are significant competitive differentiators," said
Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group.
"For 2017, network providers report that fiber footprint
expansion is the top factor that will drive Carrier Ethernet
growth and support rising demand for other gigabit-speed