Infonetics Research analyst Jeff Heynen highlights the challenges facing fixed-broadband operators, and predicts how increasing uptake of cloud-based services may impact on access networks.
Heynen explains why be believes operators will want to extend the life of their copper networks to get maximum return on investment.
He also highlights Ericsson’s advantages when it comes to fiber access.
"I believe Ericsson’s strategic differentiators in fiber access today are the fact that they have worldwide deployments with operators at every level, from tier one to municipalities and utilities," he says. "They have developed the business model and business cases, and can also provide the systems-integration capabilities that operators are looking for to determine whether fiber access is the right business model for them."