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The Gigabit communities: an assessment of market developments

  • August 2014
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  • Analysys Mason
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  • 28 pages

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Gigabit communities face several challenges to developing successful business models, but a number of factors are driving increased interest in deploying gigabit fibre infrastructure.

A ‘gigabit community’ can be defined as the roll-out of FTTH infrastructure that can provide broadband subscribers with access to gigabit speeds. A number of innovative gigabit community business models have been developed to stimulate demand and reduce the costs of fibre roll-out. This report analyses the key aspects of gigabit community roll-outs and the lessons that can be learned from existing deployments.

This report provides:
the background to the growing interest in deploying gigabit communities and gigabit speeds
an examination of the different business models for gigabit roll-outs
analysis of measures to stimulate demand and reduce costs for gigabit roll-outs
an assessment of the value proposition for customers of 1Gbps speeds
key recommendations and implications
Analysys Mason’s model of the business case for a new FTTH wholesale service
case studies on four gigabit deployments:
CityFibre in the UK: a phased fibre deployment model in Tier 2 UK cities
EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, USA: a public-owned electric utility roll-out
Gig.U: a consortium of US research universities aiming for fibre roll-out in surrounding communities
Gigatown in New Zealand: a contest run by Chorus to develop the first gigabit community in the southern hemisphere.

COMPANY COVERAGE
The following companies and projects are mentioned in this report.
AT&T
BSkyB
CenturyLink
Chorus
CityFibre
EPB Fiber Optics
Gig.U
Gigabit Squared
Google Fiber
Israel Electric
North Carolina Next Generation Network
TalkTalk

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