FIBER TO THE HOME (FTTH)
Wireline broadband access is the unsung hero of our nation’s communications infrastructure. While a majority of Internet traffic terminates on a wireless device, nearly all of that traffic relies on home WiFi access points, hotspots connected to wireline broadband infrastructure services such as fiber, coax, or twisted-pair copper.
Today the bulk of the traffic carried by these wireline broadband networks is video for entertainment and information purposes.
Fiber to the home and business will be necessary to support the future of content delivery including video, gaming, AR/VR, and other yet-to-be-invented new content and application platforms.
Fiber is anticipated to be the next front in the battle to lead the world in Internet speed and capacity, across both wireline and wireless networks.
TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Our objective to identify critical inflection points that we believe should inform industry strategic thinking, and to explain how we think these will manifest over the next 12-18 months for companies in Technology, Media, Telecommunications industries.
Fiber density is critical to support the next round of innovation and Internet access for America. Deploying fiber closer to the customers (i.e. deep fiber) can enable efficient transport of increased wireless traffic from that densification. Deep fiber can facilitate high-speed access to more homes, more businesses and support hundreds of thousands of new cell sites, IoT, autonomous driving and hot spots 5G.
Without deeper fiber deployment, carriers will be unable to support the projected four-fold in mobile data traffic increase