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Insatiable demand for bandwidth driving global deployment of fiber optic networks

Broadband access networks are undergoing a change in terms of architecture and the applications and services being ...


May 21, 2008  


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Broadband access networks are undergoing a change in terms of architecture and the applications and services being run on them.

According to Frost & Sullivan, this will have fundamental implications on the way access networks and associated business models are viewed.

Service providers must consider network architectures that can address the challenges posed by the changing trends in end-user broadband usage, it says.

A new report from the research firm, entitled Assessment of Broadband Access Networks, finds that fiber optic networks, despite their high capital expenditure, are looking as an increasingly viable long-term solution for providing a sustainable customer experience without straining the network.

“The availability of rich multimedia content and services such as VoIP is driving the growth of broadband services across the world,” says Zachariah Thomas, technical insights research analyst with Frost & Sullivan.

“Governments and policy makers are actively adopting broadband-friendly policies and offering incentives across the board to improve their standings in broadband league tables.”