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Friday, July 25, 2003


"Fiber Deficit Hampers US Ethernet"

"Fiber Deficit Hampers US Ethernet"

"One of the most significant obstacles to deployment of native Ethernet services in the U.S. is the deficiency of fiber access to commercial buildings, particularly outside major metropolitan areas. According to Vertical Systems Group's comprehensive web-based Emerging Networks Service 2003 research service, only 10.2% of the commercial buildings in the U.S. with 20 or more employees are fiber connected for the "last mile" or "local loop". Despite this limitation, Vertical's market analysis shows that the base of U.S. Ethernet connections will reach more than 18,000 by the end of 2003, up 33% from the prior year."

As we've said repeatedly, the so-called "fiber glut" in the U.S. is real but confined only to certain areas and routes. There's probably more long haul fiber between New York and Chicago that we'll ever need. There's probably also too much fiber going down a few major business streets like Broadway in New York. But there's precious little hooking up businesses and residences elsewhere in the U.S. In fact, the 10% number in the report cited above sounds high to me.

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