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The Gigabit communities: an assessment of market developments

  • August 2014
  • 28 pages
  • Analysys Mason
Report ID: 2355113


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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.

The following companies and projects are mentioned in this report.
EPB Fiber Optics
Gigabit Squared
Google Fiber
Israel Electric
North Carolina Next Generation Network

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