The worldwide small and medium business (SMB) market has been neglected in the broadband revolution. Only 15 percent of US businesses and 11 percent of European businesses have access to fiber, with a much lower percentage for SMBs. As a result, most SMBs in both the US and Europe utilize copper-based T1/E1/DSL for their broadband service. However, cable MSOs are trying to change this by extending broadband from the residential market into the SMB market. Telecom providers are realizing that with limited CapEx budgets and an average five to seven year payback for fiber, they can't afford to rely on laying fiber alone.
Many telecom service providers are looking to the Aktino Carrier Ethernet over bonded copper solution as an ideal solution to meet this challenge for three key reasons:
One reason for MSO’s success in both the residential and business markets is because they can provide asymmetric services (up to 150 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream) using their existing infrastructure. With asymmetric services, they’ve identified an entry into the business services market and have been able to ensure profitability by keeping their costs down. As telco providers witness the successes of MSOs with SMBs using asymmetric broadband services, they too are looking to roll out their own version of asymmetric services. Many providers are turning to Positron’s Aktino bonded copper solution with Asymmetric Bandwidth capability to make this new service opportunity a reality.