The U.S. will spend $125 billion on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments over the next five years, market research firm RVA LLC said in its just-released report, North American Fiber Broadband Report 2022-2026: FTTH and 5G Review and Forecast, and this figure exceeds the sum of US investment in FTTH to date. The RVA also said that during the forecast period, the number of fiber optic lines deployed in the U.S. will be as many as all previous years combined.

RVA believes that aggressive fiber deployment in the US market will continue into the 2030s. Deployments in Canada and the Caribbean will also be strong, the market research firm said.

The RVA said that the popularity of fibre broadband is mainly due to the fact that it offers the highest bandwidth (especially for upstream broadband applications), reliability, lowest latency and operational cost advantages compared to other alternatives, thus prompting operators to promote the government-funded scheme Deploy more FTTH networks under.

At the beginning of the year, the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) of the United States announced the results of the 2021 fiber supplier research provided by RVA. Data shows that by the end of 2021, the number of fiber-optic households in the United States will exceed 60.5 million, an annual increase of 12%. Research shows that 43% of U.S. households and 60% of Canadian households now have access to fiber.

In the U.S. market, 72% of fiber broadband builds come from AT&T, Verizon, Lumen and the top five cable MSOs, 10% come from Tier 2 regional operators like Windstream, Frontier, Consolidated, and TDS, and 17%-18% of other builds From over 1200 Tier 3 market participants. This last group includes rural telecommunications companies, private competing operators, rural electric companies, small cable companies, and municipalities, with small programs covering anywhere from one state to three or four states.