On the heels of our co-hosting a recent event up on Capitol Hill – FiberFast – touting the future-proofed value of fiber construction and networks, I came across some interesting industry statistics from the Leichtman Research Group. Their analysis showed that AT&T added a relatively small number of broadband customers – net- in the first quarter of 2019. But for the same first quarter of the year, AT&T shared that they also added almost 300,000 fiber customers. Those numbers meant an uptick on the balance sheet for broadband revenues and a decline in DSL customers. Clearly this communications behemoth has embraced growth in fiber assets as a key part of the future of their operations. From Internet services, to video, to 5G deployment to their FirstNet strategy – clearly fiber assets are front and center.
This simply verifies what small providers already know – using fiber technology is more efficient in the long run as an investment given the ability to have nearly unlimited capacity, cost-effective upgrades, and superior service while deploying a future-proof technology.
It also shows the recognition from the larger carriers that to really deploy 5G wireless, it will require a fiber network because it is a fiber-fed product. Wireless Needs Wires and all that!
On a completely unrelated telecom note, I was reading just an interesting story about a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home that had been commissioned in the DC area for a reporter many years ago after Wright had announced that he was going to also design homes for the “common man”. The family lived in the unusual house for a few years before tragedy struck and the home passed through a few other families until Virginia Department of Transportation planned a direct Route 66 right through this house. The National Preservation Trust purchased the home and moved it to some land formerly owned by George Washington and opened it to folks to view. During a recent visit, the reporter was touring with a park employee when the phone in the house rang. Who was surprised when they picked up the unused phone only to have a robocall on the other end?