The number of North American fiber to the home (FTTH) subscribers now stands at more than 6.45 million, up from 5.3 million a year ago, according to a recently released study by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council.

The study also found continued growth in the number of homes passed by FTTH networks, which rose to 19.966 million up from 17.2 million a year ago and 13.8 million two years ago.

Six years after their deployment began in earnest, fiber to the home networks are now available to about 17.4 percent of homes in North America.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with blazing fast upload and download speeds.

Courtesy: Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council

Perhaps the largest roll out of Fiber to the Home in Canada began with Bell Aliant's roll out last year in Frederiction. Through a variety of announcements in the last year, Bell Aliant has said that it expects to bring its FTTH network to more than 600,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

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