According to Infonetics Research's 2011 "Next Gen FTTH and PON Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey," operators will not replace existing FTTH technologies until the pricing of next generation technologies reaches parity with current equipment prices. Among the survey's findings:
- Though vendors' expectations are high for a third wave of FTTH deployments using next generation technologies, FTTH trials and deployments will be slow to materialize.
- Increased bandwidth per subscriber is the top reason operators will ultimately deploy next generation FTTH technologies, followed by the delivery of IPTV and broadcast video.
- The features most often cited by carriers as required in an FTTH ONT were VoIP, 802.11n and HPNA, signaling a shift away from basic bridge devices to integrated residential gateways.