FTTH Council lauds optical access network performance in FCC consumer broadband speeds survey

The FTTH Council asserts the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) study of residential broadband service performance underscores the superiority of fiber to the home (FTTH) networks to cable-based and DSL networks.

The FTTH Council asserts the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) study of residential broadband service performance underscores the superiority of fiber to the home (FTTH) networks to cable-based and DSL networks.

The FCC’s study, reported in the recently released Measuring Broadband America, found that, on average, FTTH services delivered 114 percent of advertised speeds, compared to 93 percent for cable and 82 percent for DSL, when comparing advertised download connection speeds of the various services, the FTTH Council points out. FTTH services also delivered 112 percent of advertised upload speeds, again outpacing cable and DSL services.

The study also states that when looking at peak period download speeds as compared to a 24-hour average, FTTH services delivered peak speeds around the clock. Conversely, DSL performance dropped off 5.5 percent during peak usage periods and cable-based services declined 7.3 percent.

Latency in FTTH networks proved lowest across all speed tiers as well.

The FCC study examined offerings from 13 broadband providers during March 2011. Thousands of broadband subscribers volunteered to participate in the study, during which the FCC measured their service offerings using automated, direct measurements of broadband performance.

"This FCC report, which is firmly grounded in the experience of broadband consumers across the country, provides further evidence of what we have been saying for some time -- that FTTH networks are superior to other access technologies with regard to delivering fast broadband consistently and reliably," said Dan O'Connell, president of the FTTH Council. "In the years ahead, only fiber to the home will be able to deliver the level of performance that will be needed for consumers to keep pace with emerging applications and services and the bandwidth they will require."

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