European fibre penetration reaches 4.5 million subscribers
The Fibre to the Home Council Europe have released the rankings of fibre penetration across Europe and whilst the numbers are bleak, they are increasing. Europe now has reached 3.2 million FTTH (Fibre-to-the-Home) or FTTB (Fibre-to-the-Building) subscribers (rising to nearly 4.5 million if Russia is included) with around 18 million home being passed (26 million including Russia). Eastern Europe makes up a large number of these connections with Lithuania still leading, and Slovenia and Slovakia now making up part of the top 5.
The rankings include countries in Europe where more than 1% of households subscribe to a direct fibre connection. This also includes fibre-to-the-building where the connection is distributed over a LAN.
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June 2010 European Rankings for FTTH/B Penetration, Source: FTTH Council Europe
Of notable omission, by not having at least 1% penetration, are the UK, Germany and Spain, but with BT Openreach moving from trial to live service next year, this could start to change in the UK at least. Three countries in particular showed rapid growth- Romania entered the rankings in 13th with more than 120,000 subscribers; Bulgaria showed the fastest progress moving from 16th to 8th in just 6 months, increasing penetration by 4% and Lithuania maintained its lead by boosting subscriber penetration by 3.3%.
"With Romania joining the Ranking, Bulgaria and Lithuania making such rapid progress as well as three other countries (Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia) increasing penetration by more than 1%, the New Member States are leading the drive for fibre to the home in Europe. If we include Russia, today the majority of FTTH/B connections are found in the Eastern part of Europe."Chris Holden, (President) FTTH Council Europe