Fixed-line operators in developed economies are expected to spend a total of US$53.5 billion (€40.6 billion) on rolling out fibre networks, according to research group Analysys Mason.
Operators in western Europe are expected to spend the greatest amount of the four regions covered, the others being central and eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Operators in western Europe are expected to spend US$25.9 billion on fibre over the next five years, according to Analysys Mason.
About 82% of the predicted expenditure will be on FTTH services. The report’s authors warned that countries rolling out less expensive FTTC and VDSL networks would have higher availability of fast broadband at a lower cost, with cable and mobile operators also able to roll high-speed services out more quickly and cost-effectively.