Given economic uncertainties, we expect to see a slowdown in FTTH deployments worldwide in favor of continued VDSL buildout
Pyramid Research is seeing a slowdown in the deployment of some of the largest planned fiber rollouts (Verizon in the U.S. is an example) in response to the economic uncertainty in the global financial markets. Given the expense associated with rolling out FTTH and longer ROI periods, operators are looking to the much less expensive VDSL option as a way to extend higher capacities to customers. This is certainly the case in Western European markets, where operators are focused on VDSL expansion. The largest markets for fiber rollout will continue to be Russia and China, which are favoring a less expensive FTTB versus FTTH configuration. Middle Eastern operators will continue their push for last-mile fiber access, particularly in the UAE and Turkey.
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