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Annual Net Access Technology Report

Posted: 15th Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
Research and Markets, Europe's largest resource for market research, has today published its annual report on access technologies such as cable modems, Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), xDSL, broadband wireless, satellite and so forth:

Whereas the Internet opened up the opportunity for a vast increase in communication and the ready availability of information, education, e-commerce and entertainment, its further development is being hampered by the slowness of the existing infrastructure networks. The huge demand for increased speed has lead to the development of broadband technologies.

Although there is this huge and growing demand for broadband, it is slow in being met. This is predominantly due the resistance by the incumbent telcos that want to maximise the life of their existing networks, and to the lack of suitable marketing models and content. Most national governments have been unable to influence the incumbent telcos to speed up their activities. Korea and Japan are notable exceptions to this, and their development of broadband leads the world.

Over the past years, incumbent telcos have been moving into the services and content areas, with their totally different marketing and management needs. This has slowed up the broadband process even further. There is a gradual move by governments around the world to separate the national carriers’ high-technology activity of providing infrastructure from the high-marketing activities of providing content and services.

Due to the slowness of the incumbents to provide suitable broadband infrastructure, it is interesting to see the efforts of some cities and large communities to provide their own infrastructures. This is allowing them to develop new local applications such as health care, job creation, export etc.

With the gradual relaxation by the telcos, the constantly falling prices, the advent of new applications and the adoption of new marketing approaches, the availability of broadband is poised to expand quickly.

Cable was the first successful platform to provide broadband services, but required the laying of entirely new networks. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technologies require only modifications to existing networks, are therefore cheaper to implement, and are overtaking Cable. Other delivery platforms such as Ka band satellite, Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH), broadband wireless, wireless Local Area Networks (LAN) etc are being developed and will assist in the eventual total availability of broadband.

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