Nearly 15 Million Homes on fibre

The number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe has soared, increasing by 50 per cent over the 12 months ending December 2014, according to the latest update to the FTTH Ranking announced at a press conference held at the FTTH Conference in Warsaw .

There are now nearly 15 million FTTH/B subscribers on the European continent (14.5 million) – not including Russia and the Ukraine, which would add a further 14.8 million homes to the total.

“This is phenomenal progress, and it proves that FTTH/B is poised to become THE mass market broadband product in Europe, even though there is still a long way to go to reach the Digital Agenda Target of 100 Mbps for 50 per cent of Europe’s households by 2020,” said Karin Ahl, President of the FTTH Council Europe.

Although there were no new countries in the FTTH Ranking, there is a new momentum in Germany where alternative operators such as Deutsche Glasfaser are pushing ahead with fibre deployment. The country is now very close to entering the FTTH Ranking – if progress continues at this rate, Germany is likely to reach the qualifying threshold of 1 per cent of homes subscribing to fibre sometime in 2015.

Good progress was also reported in countries such as Romania, Spain, France, Netherlands and Portugal. However, a number of European countries are still holding back on their fibre roll-outs and are missing out on the economic and social advantages that FTTH can bring. Countries such as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic or the United Kingdom connected fewer than 20,000 new FTTH customers during the whole of 2014.

Source: http://www.ftthconference.eu




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