Fiber Broadband Association Releases Study on Rapid Fiber Growth in North America.

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2018) — The Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC released a new report on the rapid growth of the North American fiber broadband industry. On a webinar, Mike Render, President of RVA, LLC, shared that fiber deployment has reached record highs in 2018.

Key findings include:

  • In 2018, fiber surpassed DSL to become the second most common connection for home internet in North America after cable.
  • In the United States, fiber now passes 41 million unique homes in the United States and connects 18.6 million homes. This is a 17% increase in homes passed by fiber since 2017.
  • In North America, fiber now passes nearly 60 million homes and connects 23.8 million.
  • Canada leads North American fiber deployment, with 19% growth in homes marketed in 2018 alone.

The webinar and research also addressed the role of 5G in these trends. Total fiber deployment is at record levels — and small cell deployment has only just begun.

“The fiber industry is on fire,” said Lisa R. Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “Fiber holds the key for next generation connectivity, from 5G to smart cities to the Internet of Things. This research and analysis helps keep the industry, consumers, and policymakers informed about our Association’s progress towards a better connected future. I am excited to work with our industry partners to keep up this momentum in 2019.”

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