Cable network strategies in an age of fibre

03 March 2022 | Research

Rupert Wood

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (32 slides) | Fibre Infrastructure Strategies

"Network planning should be based on the strategic long-term view of an efficient fit-for-purpose fixed network operator, not on near-term customer need or demand for bandwidth."


Cablecos face growing competition from FTTP players. They must develop a long-term strategy for the migration to fibre rather than follow a tactical response to retail demand.

Key questions answered in this report

  • What are the network options for cablecos?
  • What are the key drivers of cablecos’ decisions? What role do mobile services play? Are the choices starker for regional players?
  • How much do the various options cost and what are the key variables?
  • Should cablecos change their business model to wholesale fibreco + anchor?
  • How will the migration to FTTP happen? What is the timeframe?

Case studies

  • Altice USA
  • Comcast
  • Charter
  • Euskaltel
  • Virgin Media O2

Pathways for cable network upgrades


Read our associated article here.


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