DSL may be the buzzword associated with broadband communications transfer right now, but according to a recent study, it may lose that title to FTTH. Market research firm Render, Vanderslice & Associates conducted the study that found fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband installations will rise 330% in 2003 and ultimately reach as many as 1.4 million homes by 2004.

“Fiber-to-the-Home and Optical Broadband 2002” reports that in contrast to the proposed growth of FTTH, other broadband technologies like DSL and cable modem are growing at a comparatively smaller rate of 72% per year. FTTH connections can carry high-speed Internet, video, and voice communications, although only 60% of homes currently equipped with the technology have all three.

“With fiber’s tremendous bandwidth, the benefits of current and future broadband applications for work, telemedicine, education, entertainment, commerce, community outreach, and security can be fully realized and enjoyed by homeowners,” says James Salter, president of the FTTH Council.

The results of the study were presented at the Fiber-to-the-Home Conference 2002, the first annual conference hosted by the FTTH Council.