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The Gigabit Race: Fixed Ultra-fast Broadband Networks - Technologies, Stakeholders and Usage

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The Gigabit Race: Fixed Ultra-fast Broadband Networks - Technologies, Stakeholders and Usage
Published: September 15, 2015 Content info: 40 Pages

The Gigabit race is now a reality, especially in the United States where private sector players and local authorities are all getting involved in furthering the deployment of new generation infrastructure. Elsewhere in the world, Gigabit access is already in place, notably in Asia, or, in places such as Europe, poised to become a new target product for the marketplace.

This report explores regional approaches to Gigabit-speed access , and describes how the different types of players are positioned. Private and public sector stakeholders may not have adopted the same strategies, but all have a vital role to play in this search for increased network performance.

The report begins by providing some background on so-called Gigabit technologies . Although FTTH is the only one currently able to deliver a 1 Gbps connection, copper and coaxial cable systems could well undergo technological upgrades in the very near future that will allow them to rival optical fibre.

Lastly, the report takes a look at the services and usage side of things, and confirms that ultra-fast broadband is a natural progression from superfast broadband: with no specific application that today requires a 1 Gbps connection, the need for increased bandwidth is being spurred chiefly by a rise in the number of users with a simultaneous connection... although future innovations could change all that.

Table of Contents
Product Code: M15505IN1

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Methodology and definitions

  • 2.1. General methodology of IDATE reports
  • 2.2. Glossary and definitions

3. Gigabit network technologies

  • 3.1. Wireline solutions capable of delivering 1 Gbps connections
    • 3.1.1. Optical fibre: providing 1 Gbps access is more a marketing choice than a technical one
    • 3.1.2. FTTx/Docsis 3.1: Docsis 3.1 opening up new prospects for cable companies
    • 3.1.3. last chance for legacy copper networks?
  • 3.2. Comparison of ultra-fast access technologies

4. Snapshot of 1 Gbps plans

  • 4.1. How access plans are evolving around the globe
    • 4.1.1. Gigabit access in the United States: stepping up the pace
    • 4.1.2. Gigabit access not (yet) an objective in Europe
  • 4.2. Status of 1 Gbps plans around the world
    • 4.2.1. Geographical breakdown of 1 Gbps plans
    • 4.2.2. Public sector players
    • 4.2.3. Private sector players

5. Marketing and pricing policies

  • 5.1. Gigabit-speed access: what for?
    • 5.1.1. Reasons for entering the Gigabit market
    • 5.1.2. Increasing connection speeds vs. new applications and behaviours
  • 5.2. Marketing and pricing strategies

Report's tables and figures


  • Table 1: Comparison of fixed UFB solutions' key features
  • Table 2: Legal restrictions imposed on BB/UFB networks in 19 states in the USA
  • Table 3: The four main types of municipality involved in Gigabit network projects in the United States
  • Table 4: Examples of Gigabit network projects backed by municipalities in the US
  • Table 5: Main FTTH PIN in France at the end of 2014
  • Table 6: Comparison of prices charged for Gigabit plans around the world


  • Figure 1: FTTH P2P architecture
  • Figure 2: FTTH PON architecture
  • Figure 3: FTTx/Docsis 3.1 architecture
  • Figure 4: FTTdp/ architecture
  • Figure 5: Connection speeds available for the three main types of fixed UFB network, depending on customer's distance from the concentration point
  • Figure 6: Superfast and ultrafast broadband technology timeline
  • Figure 7: Disparate national targets
  • Figure 8: Map of municipalities in the US with a Gigabit network, at the start of 2015
  • Figure 9: How telcos and cable companies are positioned with respect to "Gigabit" municipalities
  • Figure 10: Spending on FTTH networks in France
  • Figure 11: Singapore's nationwide Gigabit network model
  • Figure 12: The combined roles of Gigabit access stakeholders in the United States
  • Figure 13: The Asian approach to UFB/Gigabit access
  • Figure 14: The European approach to UFB/Gigabit access
  • Figure 15: How much bandwidth do applications need?
  • Figure 16: Six areas of national priority for the US Ignite initiative
  • Figure 17: Illustrations of a selection of innovation solutions (augmented reality, telemedicine, MOOC) that do not yet require a 1 Gbps connection... provided only a single application is being used at once!
  • Figure 18: Two different pricing strategies for Gigabit plans

List of players mentioned

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Altibox
  • AT&T
  • Belgacom
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • BT
  • Cedar Falls
  • CenturyLink
  • Charter
  • Comcast
  • Crown Fiber Holding
  • EPB (Electric Power Board)
  • Free
  • Frontier
  • Gigapower
  • Google Fiber
  • HKBN
  • Huawei
  • Hyperoptic
  • iTV3
  • Jersey Telecom
  • KT
  • Mediacom
  • MyRepublic
  • NetCo
  • Nucleus Connect
  • Numericable-SFR
  • OpenNet
  • Orange
  • Post Luxembourg
  • Rostelecom
  • RVTC
  • So-Net
  • Suddenlink
  • Swisscom
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telenor
  • TeliaSonera
  • TIM Brazil
  • Turkcell SuperOnline
  • Verizon
  • Virgin Media
  • Vodafone Portugal
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