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The upgrade of US broadband provider Comcast’s fiber-based Xfinity Gigabit Pro service reflects the growing importance of fiber lines as customers increasingly desire multi-gig broadband data speeds. Leading data and analytics company GlobalData predicts the number of US fiber lines will grow at a robust CAGR of 10.8% to reach 28.2 million lines by the end of 2026. This growth will be due to rising demand for high-speed internet services in the nation, and efforts by the government and operators to expand FTTx** networks.

Ninety-four percent of surveyed healthcare facility managers see remote management as a critical enabler of operational efficiency for their buildings. This is according to a new report from Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) highlighting a trend towards greater adoption of connected, always-on building management systems that can enable a building to be controlled from virtually anywhere in the world, in real time. According to the study, 25% of surveyed facility managers currently have such a system in place, with a further 26% expecting to invest in this technology over the next 12 to 18 months.

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