There are five distinct publications released for sale by
Telegeography, Nando has cited the
Terrestrial Bandwidth Report
Executive Summary in PDF)
which states that while only one to two percent of potential bandwidth is active, the amount
of lit1 capacity is staggering. New York, for example, currently has 23.5 Tbps running
through the city destined for domestic and international networks. "Secondary" cities such
as Cleveland also have terabit capacities available, although far from utilized.
This glut has affected prices to the point where providers are having to account for it,
according to the report.
Many carriers had counted on falling prices
as part of their business strategies, although none was prepared for the rapid declines
witnessed in the past few years.
While the declines have been consistent, the report states, the actual prices have varied widely,
with the highest price for cross-country leases sometimes being four times the lowest price.
The report concludes that while construction has practically ceased in long fiber lines, there's
not alot of upward pressure, or increased consumption likely for global bandwidth. Small and
mid-range carriers and providers should be able to look forward to reasonable prices on the major trunks
for some time to come. Perhaps this fact will even help to motivate some more work on the
last mile problem.
With major technology companies going bust, the private consumer may be
the last best hope to sell some of this bandwidth.
1. lit capacity is the amount of fiber which is actually in use, as opposed to "dark" fiber,
which has been laid but is not carrying signal or data