Stratecast: All-fiber networks will take many years

Nov. 16, 2001
November 16, 2001 Forecaster says copper will live in the public network for several more decades.

Stratecast Partners predicts that it will take decades to replace the public copper network with a fiber-based infrastructure.

The company says this in its just-published report entitled �Fiber Networks and Optical Services.� The report offers a strategic view of global fiber network growth.

�The main theme of the report can be summarized by the following questions: How is the fiber network itself growing? Where has fiber been deployed so far, and where and how will it be deployed going forward?� says Jim Lawrence, program director for Convergence Strategies & Network Architectures, Stratecast Partners.

The report states that there is now plenty of long-haul fiber, and a good base of competitive metropolitan fiber is becoming available. The so-called �last mile� of cabling remains problematic, however, although various approaches are now addressing that segment as well.

�Nevertheless, replacing the ubiquitous copper network with a fiber-based infrastructure will be a decades-long process,� says Lawrence. �We believe this is key to understanding the actual pace of network evolution and infrastructure convergence.�

The report, part of the Convergence Strategies & Network Architectures Analysis Service, is now available.

Stratecast Partners, a division of Frost & Sullivan, provides strategic analysis of the telecommunications industry with a focus on the following areas: emerging service providers, data communications/IP growth strategies (of top tier service providers and equipment/emerging technology vendors), application hosting strategies/technologies, OSS and infrastructure convergence.

For more information or to order the report, reach Matt Kellogg at [email protected] or 530/893-1134.

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