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If you take into account the fact that cable and DSL are dominant broadband options in the US, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there are a million FTTH subscribers in the US. What more there are six million homes which have access to this […]

If you take into account the fact that cable and DSL are dominant broadband options in the US, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there are a million FTTH subscribers in the US. What more there are six million homes which have access to this technology, and the numbers are increasing by 300,000 a month.

Given that Verizon FIOS has only 500,000 subscribers (more than a million homes passed) the deployments are by smaller players, and that makes make the news doubly interesting. (Thanks CZ)

Major FTTH providers, which include municipalities and utilities, real estate developers and operators as well as traditional and non-traditional service providers, are now at full speed in the deployments — with more FTTH providers coming on line.

These numbers compare poorly with Japan which has over 6.3 million fiber subscribers, but still the trends look good, and with Verizon making an aggressive push, we should expect a sharp uptick by this time around next year. (The growth data slide after the turn.)


  1. I think you mean 100,000 FiOS TV subscribers. I think the number of FiOS Internet suscribers is much higher (500,000?)

    http://investor.verizon.com/news/view.aspx?NewsID=773

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  2. Great story, but I need to correct one important point. Above you state, “Given that Verizon FIOS has only 100,000 subscribers (a million homes passed) the deployments are by smaller players, and that makes the news doubly interesting.”

    You’re selling us (i.e. VZ, my employer) way short.

    Verizon had 375,000 paid FiOS data subscribers by July 1 of this year and that number is probably north of 500,000 today. We also had passed 4.5 million homes by the middle of this year and expect to have passed 6 million by the end of 2006.

    I’d guess your 100,000 number may have been from the count of video subs we have to date.

    Hope you can update your post.

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  3. Oops, sorry about that. fixed it. late night post hence the oversight. was drafting it with 500,000, but never updated it. oh well..

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  4. This is great news for FTTH. However, as long as you’re in strikeout mode, Japan has 6.3 million FTTH subscribers. :)

    http://www.soumu.go.jp/s-news/2006/060911_5.html

    Also, CZ’s link to the Verizon blog has a typo. Their address is actually: http://poliblog.verizon.com/

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  5. Thank you Om for the update and thanks BB for the URL catch. Our blog is at: http://poliblog.verizon.com

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  6. FTTH…

    Since March 2006, the number of premises passed by FTTH has grown from 4 million to 6 million, with 1 million of them actually hooked up, says a release by the Fiber-To-The-Home Council and the Telecommunications industry Association. The number…

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  7. What number are FiOS-TV? What number are Broadband only? What speed? When comparing to the 6.3 million Japan I’m told Japan’s includes: VoIP phone, HD-TV, and 100Mb Internet ($65 a month). VZ is not triple play (over the fiber) and phone is not VoIP, HD-TV, and only 5Mb Internet ($150/mo).

    Hap

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  8. Nice for some; but it’s late 2006 and my house is 26k wtih VZ. Can you tell my whenn they’ll knock on my door?

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