Less Glutted In Metro
But supply-demand imbalance remains huge in major network hub cities
August 21, 2002 -- New data released today by research
firm TeleGeography reinforces conventional wisdom on the telecom
bandwidth glut, finding that metro-area networks are less overbuilt
than long-haul intercity fiber routes.
is good news for providers of intra-city networks, who will likely
see an end to the chronic oversupply of bandwidth much sooner
than long-distance operators," said TeleGeography Director of
Research Tim Stronge.
The bad news, according to TeleGeography's "Metropolitan
Area Networks 2003," is that supply remains badly
out of whack with demand in both the long-haul and metro markets.
the top U.S. markets, business Internet connections totaled under
4 Gbps for all forms of Internet access - less than five percent
of lit metropolitan fiber, and less than three percent of lit
long-haul fiber," the report notes.
Los Angeles fared the best of the three largest bandwidth markets,
with its 1.2 Gbps of business Internet usage equaling 10 percent
of the 12.3 Gbps of available active metro capacity, and just
under 5 percent of the long-haul capacity running through the
disparity is bleaker in Washington, D.C., where business Internet
usage - a statistic encompassing last-mile connections through
DSL, cable, fiber, and dial-up - amounted to 0.3 Gbps, just 2.7
percent of the lit metro capacity and 1.6 percent of the long-haul
numbers suggest that it will be some time before capacity in either
sector is absorbed, even if provider bankruptcies and network
cutbacks whittle down the supply.
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