Fibre thread to Europe preserving preeminence in IPTV

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 16-02-2012

Strong customer demand for and rollouts of fibre networks have to combined to maintain Europe's leadership in IPTV.

Despite the predicted inexorable rise of both fibre networks and IPTV in Asia, new research from the Broadband-Forum has revealed just how, with IPTV driving deployment, European operators are turning to hybrid fibre solutions in particular to meet the needs of the connected home. Specifically it calculates that out of a total of 55 million global IPTV subscribers, it is Europe that still holds the strongest position for IPTV with 23.5 million customers, a base that is continually growing.
The data shows strong rises in hybrid FTTx deployments rise, up 68.9% year on year at the end of the third quarter of 2011. It adds that FTTH in general saw a 30.6% increase in annual growth across Europe to 3Q2011.
Said Oliver Johnson, CEO at analysis house Point Topic,: "The future of Europe, at least for the next 5 years, is going to be dominated by FTTx. The cost of full fibre (FTTH) deployment, particularly the last mile, is prohibitive and so the industry and consumers need a stepping stone which is provided by hybrid solutions such as FTTx. FTTx provides a significant increase in bandwidth and an efficient use of existing infrastructure and allows the welcome continued amortisation of costs."
Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, added: "Certification is key to future FTTx deployments and our efforts will enable next generation interoperable systems to come to market faster. Standards provide the foundation for that growth; further demonstrating G-PON capabilities to meet the demands of evolving operator networks. Operators in Europe have maintained a three year high for IPTV in the region as they have the greatest success in selling additional services to existing customers. G-PON Certification is set to provide the breakthrough step in accelerating deployments now and creating the platform for innovative applications and new service bundles."