Experts at analysts Frost & Sullivan have warned that the high rate of DSL (ADSL etc.) broadband growth and usage in Europe may be stretching networks to "breaking point":
Multiple high-definition video streaming to the home and other converged applications can easily outgrow the bandwidth capacity of DSL-based networks.
As a result, service providers will need to start looking at deploying fibre deeper into the network, even to the home or building, to meet future bandwidth requirements. "Several technologies are available to meet the delivery of bandwidth demand, of which fibre in the local loop, and in particular fibre-to-the-home, is future-proof," said Elizalde.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan suggests that fibre-to-the-home deployments reached over 2.5 million homes in 2006 and are likely to reach over 14 million in 2012.
For the most part it's just another scaremongering story, a lot like every other one proclaiming the end of the world as IP numbers or capacity runs low.
In reality most countries have been spending considerable sums of cash to improve their infrastructure and bring such networks up to date (e.g. BT's 21CN). However a growing number of industry observers agree that DSL technology can only take us so far and certainly more needs to be done.
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