For modern wireless networks, fiber is a key component of making networks reliable and fast by connecting cell towers back to core networks. Fiber availability is also a key issue for wireline operators, as carriers that have more building sites connected to their own network can deliver a larger set of Ethernet and cloud services and control the customer experience.
While fiber availability to U.S. buildings is not at 100 percent, the situation continues to improve. In 2004, only 10.9 percent of buildings in the United States were connected to fiber. In 2014, that number jumped to 42 percent, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest figures. But which companies are the largest providers of fiber in the United States? This FierceTelecom special report answers that question and a whole lot more. It also delves into fiber penetration among three different U.S. market segments: incumbent telcos, cable operators and competitive providers. Special report