‘Fiber Gap’ Not Impacting Business Deployments
Optical-fiber facilities currently reach more than 36 percent of U.S. commercial buildings, says research from Vertical Systems Group, leaving the remaining 64 percent in the “fiber gap,” with no accessibility to fiber-based network services. The good news is that, despite today’s gap, business fiber availability has more than tripled since 2004, when the penetration rate closed in at nearly 11 percent. "Direct fiber is clearly the preferred access technology for Carrier Ethernet services as well as for higher-speed connectivity to IP VPNs, cloud-based applications and the Internet,” adds Rosemary Cochran, principal. “Enterprise customers prefer direct fiber due to the benefits of scalability to multigigabit speeds plus lower bandwidth costs as compared to other access options."

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