An estimated $1.5 billion will be spent on EFM-bonded, copper-based Ethernet access devices in the next five years, an Infonetics Research report forecasts. Much of that will be spent to increase capacity for businesses and some mobile backhaul networks.
For much of the last decade, the lack of business fiber connections was often cited as an opportunity for new service providers and an embarrassment for those that had been around for a while and could have done better addressing the market.
Despite the allure of fiber-based Ethernet, the reality is that no service provider—even a large one—can justify bringing a fiber connection to every building in its footprint. Which providers are taking the Ethernet over Copper route in the U.S. marketplace?
TelePacific on Wednesday announced that it is doubling its current 100 Mbps Ethernet over Copper data rates to 200 Mbps for customers it serves in its California and Nevada markets via its Enhanced Ethernet over Copper access ecosystem.
With the integration of SureWest well underway, Consolidated Communications has set a goal of advancing its business service set to extend into the Sacramento, Calif. and Kansas City areas it entered through that deal.
Alpheus Communications, a Texas-based CLEC focused on the Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston (DASH) area, on Wednesday acquired Net Star Telecommunications, a Houston-based data center service provider.
XO Communications on Wednesday debuted a 100 Mbps Ethernet over Copper speed tier and announced plans to extend its overall Ethernet service reach to serve almost 2 million buildings.
Integra Telecom on Tuesday debuted a 60 Mbps symmetrical Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service, extending Ethernet service into areas that it can't currently can't reach with fiber yet.
SARENET, a Spanish competitive provider focused on the business market, on Tuesday chose Overture Networks for its Ethernet over Copper service initiative.
Traditional ILECs may see their copper facilities as nothing more than an aging asset of the legacy voice-only service age, but for competitive telcos serving the business market, copper is still very much in fashion.