World Broadband Forecasts 2005-2015.
At present, xDSL and cable representing more than 95% of the global market are dominant access technologies in most areas where broadband has taken hold. This is mainly due to the fact that established market participants with incumbents, national and international telecommunications and cable operators have been well positioned to introduce broadband service to the market. Increasingly, however, other service providers utilising the alternative technologies of PON (APON/BPON, EPON, and GPON), FTTx (FTTC, FTTH) and Wireless (FWA, W-LAN) and Satellite are joining the fray. By 2015 the xDSL and Cable –Ethernet market share will shrink to about 82 per cent from the current dominant position market share, comments Qmars Safikhani the founder of Quantum-Web. As wireless technologies gain an increasing toehold in metropolitan and rural area. PON- FTTx could provide faster access to residential and enterprises’ premises than xDSL and cable modem service.
As a viable niche market the latest broadband technologies initially targeting newly constructed buildings and new and established multiple compounds to gain a larger slice of the broadband access Mr. Safikhani added.
The fact that broadband is increasingly positioning itself as the core of the telecommunications industry there are number of vital questions such as where and when broadband access technologies will be deployed. Which technological alternatives for broadband will find the greatest success in the marketplace? What and where are those opportunities for broadband service providers and manufacturers?