Profiting from increasing demand for bandwidth — Changes in consumer behavior have helped fuel growth in data traffic. Just think of the increased use of connected devices, the emergence of higher definition video, and the uptake of video streaming. Other connected devices such as cars and household and medical appliances may result in even further growth of demand. Apart from higher bandwidth demands, customers also have higher expectations regarding network latency, i.e. the delay typically incurred in processing network data. This increases the relevance of fiber networks that connect cities and provide bandwidth within cities, to the benefit of those companies that own dense fiber networks. Metro networks have become a strategic asset. As a result, tech companies are moving into the telecommunications market or strengthening ties with network owners, and telecom operators are faced with a consolidating market.