Widespread fiber to the home internet service at least 10 years away
Despite the continued development, increasing subscriber rate and immense boost in internet speed, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology may not be a mainstream option for the U.S. and Canada for around a decade says a new report.
Research group IHS found that the global proliferation of FTTH is “not being reflected in North America,” citing high costs, lack of demand and no true competition as staunch impediments.
Addressing one of those hurdles, IHS senior analyst Lee Ratliff said, “Despite the wishes of broadband activists, technology evangelists and communications equipment manufacturers, Americans remain largely ambivalent regarding broadband performance.”
Ratliff also points out that despite the marginal increase in cost for better service, the majority of broadband subscribers stick with the most basic service available. If customers aren’t spending on current premium services, he rationalizes, service providers will be slow to push new technology; they’d be competing for consumer dollars that just may not be there.
Last month Google bolstered its support for the cutting-edge technology by announcing a testbed in Kansas City where it plans to roll-out 1Gbps service to anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 residents.
Discussing the company’s FTTH push in a video, Google’s Vice President of Access Services Milo Medin justified the need for increased internet speed. “The communications network is the thing that’s falling behind in the speed of innovation,” he posited.
The company laid out its complex plans in February. It believes the implementation of “ultra high-speed Internet” will have a beneficial effect on everyone, though some have raised concerns over the cost of such an endeavor and just what that would mean for consumers eager to switch to a higher-speed service.
One analyst calculated Google could end up paying nearly $8,000 to connect a single home. Apply that figure to its claim of connecting up to 500,000 homes and you get a multi-billion dollar venture – one that might not bear fruit for the company (or others) for years.
While 1Gbps internet may remain nascent in North America for years, the benefits it brings may prove vital as more and more people find themselves connected to the internet via myriad devices.
Do you already enjoy FTTH? Or are you aching for the option to upgrade? Let us know in the comment section.
6 Comments on Widespread fiber to the home internet service at least 10 years away
- Posts: 285
- Posted on: 22 Apr 11 16:57
Marginal? He should check out the rates in Canada!
$40.00 for "High Speed" $170.00 for something perhaps acceptable.
Let's call a Spade a Godamn Shovel here and state that the ISPs are making far too much proffit from their current system and far too cheap to actually perform desperately needed upgrades to the 40+ year old infrastructure.
- Posts: 146
- Posted on: 22 Apr 11 19:28
- Posts: 27
- Posted on: 23 Apr 11 03:38
- Posts: 285
- Posted on: 23 Apr 11 06:00
We in Australia ...have started already with... FTTH...it is highly costly to implement but you have to start some time .... just keep the politicians out of the loop.... they dont know whats going on ...usualy they will stuff it up big time ...
You are filthy ritch and happen to be a neighbor of the Shaw Family. Owners of Shaw Communications and Shaw Cable.
If you don't meet both of the above criteria you are SOL.
Some years ago I asked a Telus (our Telco) repairman working on my phone lines when ADSL would be available to me as the phone line in my home were installed in 1911 and not up to snuff. His answer was Sometime in my lifetime maybe if there were enough Blue Moons and I sacrificed enough virgins.
In short never.
As long as the bucks are rolling in and the CEO isn't being hung in effigy or literaly, it's business as usual, customers be damned.
- Posts: 954
- Posted on: 23 Apr 11 18:43
I'm definitely jealous of all those folks in Kansas City that will have the option to go with Google's FTTH service, but if it was too costly, I probably wouldn't subscribe anyway...
- Posts: 14420
- Posted on: 23 Apr 11 19:59
It took forever for my little town to get DSL, and our top speed is 5Mbps down. Its still faster and more reliable than the best option from the local cable company...hard to believe but true.
Most popular headlines
- Tue 16 Apr 16:12 by DoMiN8ToR
- Software, Windows 8
The upcoming update of Windows 8 might allow users to boot to the desktop again.
- Fri 12 Apr 15:10 by DoMiN8ToR
The number of jobs in the film and music industry in the United States has increased despite the claimed negative effects of illegal downloads.
- Tue 9 Apr 14:23 by DoMiN8ToR
The PirateBay has moved to the domain thepiratebay.gl in fear that their previous domain would be ceased by Swedish authorities
- Wed 17 Apr 13:57 by DoMiN8ToR
- Solid State (ssd)
A Chinese tech site has posted a picture that reveals details on Intel's 9 series chipset.