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While we mentioned Loma Linda’s fiber plans last week, the truth is that the U.S. falls behind many countries in Europe and Asia when it comes to fiber deployments (which many readers kindly pointed out). The OECD says that fiber is becoming more important for countries […]

While we mentioned Loma Linda’s fiber plans last week, the truth is that the U.S. falls behind many countries in Europe and Asia when it comes to fiber deployments (which many readers kindly pointed out). The OECD says that fiber is becoming more important for countries with high broadband penetrations, and that Japan leads its list of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) users with 6.3 million fiber subscribers in June 2006 — the OECD says the number of Japanese fiber subscribers outnumbers the total number of broadband subscribers in many of the OECD countries. Even countries that traditionally don’t have advanced broadband networks are looking into fiber, as the cost of deployments is dropping. The International Herald Tribune says that countries like Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan and the Cayman Islands are betting on fiber over older broadband options.

  1. Japan definitely does lead in fiber. The US is second. Interestingly, Japan actually has a smaller percentage of people with broadband overall, despite all that fiber. Perhaps they should call it the “Digital Divide,” huh?

    Note also that “The United States has the largest total number of broadband subscribers in the OECD at 57 million. US broadband subscribers now represent 36% of all broadband connections in the OECD, up from 31% in December 2005.”

    What that means– Northern Europe (the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Belgium) is growing very quickly in connections (UK growing very quickly recently to barely pass the USA), and is indeed at the top (along with South Korea). But Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Southern and Central Europe (along with Australia and New Zealand) is lagging quite a bit behind for the US to actually increase its percentage of all broadband connections.

    Almost seems like the worse the weather, the more people want broadband. :)

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  2. The US is also right at the top of overall percentage of people with connections at all. There’s a huge number of dial-up customers in the US taking advantage of unmetered local calls.

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  3. When talk about “cost of deployments” can those third world country used BSP – Boardband over powerline http://www.telkonet.com/ the company that have a potential patented product and service that able to use the backbone of structure to have less deployments cost.

    What do you think?

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  4. Just for the record…

    In a country as big yet as sparsely populated as Australia it’s truly amazing how widely deployed fibre is. Even in tiny country towns you so often discover there’s fibre there.

    Problem is it’s Telstra’s and you can’t have it unless you want to pay thru the nose…

    It’s the default “monopoly” player in so many places too.

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