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Fiber Drives Global Broadband Access Forward

FTTx access now serves more than 105 million global subscribers worldwide

News Highlights:

- 54 million broadband subscribers added from 3Q 2011 to 3Q 2012

- Fiber deployments (including FTTx and FTTH) rise to serve over 125 million

- Broadband Forum expands its G-PON certification program and kicks off new XG-PON1 and OLT/ONU interoperability testing

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LONDON, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As broadband subscribers approach 635 million globally, the latest figures published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by broadband industry analysts Point Topic reveal that hybrid fiber access (FTTx) has experienced the highest market gain over the past year. Of the 54 million new broadband subscribers added in the year leading up to 3Q 2012, 26 million are being served with fiber (48%).  Overall, fiber deployments have now passed cable to account for 19.7% of the total broadband market.

This update is delivered on the opening day of the FTTH Conference Europe, a conference that aims to promote the benefits of fiber access across the continent and accelerate the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to both consumers and businesses.

Despite facing harsh economic times, the overall broadband growth during the third quarter 2012 is estimated at over 12 million lines.  Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic said: "As the world gradually emerges from financial turmoil the continued growth of broadband has been a steady light in the storm. We won't see the triple digit growth of old but many markets are entering a phase of consolidation and consumer multi-service alignment."

The Broadband Forum continues to expand its fiber-related solutions, building on its comprehensive BroadbandSuite™ 5.0 release, which is a major resource for the fiber industry to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of PON. The Broadband Forum G-PON ONU Certification Program – a world first initiative – is also expanding.

The certification program, known as BBF.247, is open to G-PON ONU products with Ethernet interfaces. This certification demonstrates that an ONU conforms to TR-156 and the associated OMCI configuration as defined in the ITU-T G.988, and provides vendors with the opportunity to test once and use their certification globally, saving testing cost and time as they compete in RFPs for business. Equally, it gives operators increased confidence in their vendor selection processes, another step towards providing truly interoperable solutions.

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