Utilities & Gigabit Cities: A Market Sizing Report
|出版日||ページ情報||英文 12 Pages
|ユーティリティ＆ギガビットシティ：市場規模レポート Utilities & Gigabit Cities: A Market Sizing Report|
|出版日: 2014年12月10日||ページ情報: 英文 12 Pages||
Many U.S. utility companies today are caught in a crisis of identity, progression and even purpose. As a group, they rely on advanced communications technologies to deliver most, if not all, of the services they provide. As such, utilities must evolve and advance along with the evolution of communications technologies to efficiently deliver so-called "traditional" utility services: electricity, gas and water. Many utilities also are well positioned to move beyond that scope and either enable, or even deliver, broadband communications services to end customers. And many of them are attempting to do just that.
Those familiar with the history and evolution of telecommunications carriers (both fixed and mobile) might recognize the struggles of 1990s-era landline and mobile network operators in utilities' communications conundrums: They are operating aging, outdated networks in need of modernization. Many are grappling with a required upgrade of a time-division multiplexing (TDM)-based communications network used for internal purposes - an upgrade necessary to support increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications like advanced metering and substation automation. Others are weighing the cost and return on investment (ROI) metrics of extending a fiber network built along their own rights of way as part of an effort to offer broadband communications services to residents, thus becoming players in the rapidly developing Gigabit Cities ecosystem.
The reality of the utility situation in the U.S. today is that regulatory restrictions, cost constraints, technological complexity, competition and even outright disinterest on the part of the utilities themselves will prevent the vast majority of utility companies from being successful in providing communications services.
The examples in this report aptly demonstrate utility industry success in participating in the Gigabit Cities ecosystem. They also shed light on the extraordinary service delivery, technology infrastructure, regulatory and marketing hurdles that realistically will prevent a lot of these utilities' counterparts from realizing similar success in the communications services realm.
As the Gigabit Cities takes hold in the U.S., many different categories of service providers - ranging from municipalities themselves to large incumbent telecom and cable operators to small upstart carriers - will be competing across the country for a piece of the ultra-high-speed bandwidth action. All of them represent substantial opportunities for developers of communications network technology. Utilities will be there in the mix, too, in some markets - and the ones that are already succeeding or the ones destined for success will also be good targets for technology vendors. But overall, the role utilities play and the contribution they make to the Gigabit Cities ecosystem is likely to be relatively minimal.
‘Utilities & Gigabit Cities: A Market Sizing Report’ serves the dual purpose of assessing the size of the U.S. utility sector by providing a state-by-state list of U.S. utilities spanning all categories, and identifies market opportunities for technology vendors in the utility sector. Because of the close-to-the-vest nature of publicly-owned utilities when it comes to discussing communications technology investments, the opportunity portion of this report focuses on opportunities driven by the Gigabit Cities trend and the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment activity of municipally owned and co-op utilities.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Excerpt: Top 10 States With Utility FTTH Potential
|U.S. State||Tier 3 Utilities|
Source: Heavy Reading Insider
This Heavy Reading Insider includes a database listing 1,081 U.S. utilities across 50 states and the District of Columbia. The utilities are classified both by states in which they operate and by how many potential customers they pass: Tier 1 is 250,000 and up, Tier 2 is between 100,000 and 250,000 and Tier 3 is less than 100,000 customers. Each of the state-by-state listings in our database also indicates the other states in which a utility operates, if any. The data is based on information collected from state Public Utilities Commissions, information collected directly from the utilities and information available online.
Companies profiled in this report include: Bolt Fiber Optic Services, a subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Inc.; EPB Fiber Optics, a subsidiary of EPB; Longmont Power & Communications; and Wilson Greenlight, an operating unit of Wilson Energy.