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Market research firm: N.A. FTTH market to be worth $4.7B by 2017

U.S.-based RVA LLC, a market research firm, predicts that direct investment in North American fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment will reach $4.7 billion annually by 2017.

A press release said that the report, North American Fiber to the Home and Advanced Broadband Review and Forecast to 2017, tracks both FTTH deployments and consumer demand for high-bandwidth services. It projects that the market will be worth $18 billion over the next five years, with operators seeing FTTH services revenues growing to $4 billion by 2017, almost half of the cumulative $9 billion North American service providers will see over the same fiber-year period.

The report states that deployment growth will continue over the next five years despite the wrap-up of the ARRA broadband stimulus program, the evolution of the FCC's Universal Service program to the Connect America Fund, and potential continuation of past economic uncertainties, the release said. Market expansion. it noted, will come via what an RVA press release described as "a diverse group of small to large providers" who will supplant Verizon as the primary market catalysts as the deployment focus shifts from overbuilds to greenfield applications over the five-year forecast period.

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