Fibre to the home continues its global march

Date: Thu, 04/23/2009 - 11:26 Source:

FTTH Council PR Department

Number of countries with significant FTTH market penetration now at 20 as more european countries come on line
Fibre to the home continues its global march

The number of economies where fibre to the home has established a significant and growing market presence has nearly doubled ver the past 18 months, according to an updated global ranking issued today by the FTTH Councils of Asia?Pacific, Europe and North America.
The ranking, issued twice a year since 2007, was released today at the FTTH Council Europe’s annual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It tracks the level of FTTH market penetration in economies where more than one percent of households are connected directly nto high speed fibre networks.  In all, 20 economies met this threshold, up from 14 in July 2008 and 11 in July 2007.
The growth is largely due to the entry of several European countries in the ranking, as fibre to the home deployment begins to expand across that continent and the total number of FTTH subscribers in Europe appraches two million.
Asian economies maintained their leadership in FTTH market penetration, as South Korea (44% of the market), Hong Kong (28%), Japan (27%) and Taiwan (12%) continued to hold the top four places respectively.
Meanwhile, Japan remains the overall leader in terms of the number of fibre?connected homes at 13.2 million, followed by the United States (6.05 million) and the People’s Republic of China (5.96 million).
For the first time, the Councils' ranking includes the breakdown for each economy between fibre to the home connections, where fibre is run all the way to individual residences, and fibre to the building (FTTB) connections for which the fibre terminates at a multi?unit dwelling and a non?fibre local area network (LAN) delivers service to the individual subscribers.  In addition, FTTB subscriber numbers have been added to the totals for the United States, which accounts for much of the substantial increase in that country's totals since the previous ranking in July 2008.  Copper?based broadband access technologies (DSL, FTT?Curb, FTT?Node) are not included. 
The breakdown between FTTH and FTTB for each economy is depicted in the following chart: “It is very encouraging to see four new EU nations joining Russia and Andorra in the new ranking, together nearly doubling Europe’s total representation among the top twenty in the world,” commented Joeri Van Bogaert, President of the FTTH Council Europe.  “It is perhaps more difficult for the largest countries to achieve the ranking, which makes Russia’s inclusion particularly exciting and surprising.  Across Europe, we are seeing FTTH penetration figures rise as the benefits of fibre become clearer for all.” 
“Fibre to the home continues to grow rapidly in the United States, thanks to Verizon’s aggressive deployment of its all?fibre network and the growing interest in FTTH among smaller telephone companies who see it as essential to their survival in te digital economy,” said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council North America.  “Subscriber satisfaction and high FTTH market share are driving this growth.”  
"We are pleased that Asia Pacific region continues to occupy the top slots in  the rankings on market penetration, thanks largely to the very high level of market   penetration in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan,"  said Shoichi Hanatani, President of the FTTH Council Asia Pacific.  "While no newly additional economies  from the region were able to break into the ranking this time, we are seeing a lot of  interest in a number of Asian economies and believe it won't be long before others  begin significant TTH deployments."

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