Asia-Pacific’s total fiber subscriptions are expected to nearly triple from 73.5 million in 2011 to reach 204.9 million by 2016, creating an edge for fixed operators to better compete against both the cable providers and mobile operators in a fixed environment, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

"Fiber is the future for fixed operators in Asia-Pacific, and it’s an investment none can overlook," said Daniel Yu, associate manager at Pyramid Research, in a statement.

A nationwide fiber deployment has great social and environmental impacts that can benefit fixed operators in the long term. By improving the flow of information and extending the reach of information, a fiber network can enhance the educational and healthcare systems for the country, consequently increasing the country’s competitiveness and economic output. As the underprivileged become more sophisticated, with more spending power, it opens up new business opportunities for fixed operators.

"Also, a next-generation fiber network requires less energy to operate, thus reducing the carbon footprint and consequently lowering opex for fixed operators," added Yu.

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