FTTH Conference: Scandinavia may be overtaken by South, East Europe

The latest European FTTH market panorama for the full year 2011 was presented on Wednesday during a press conference at the FTTH Conference in Munich, Germany. Since the previous edition in June 2011, Europe has added more than 600,000 new FTTH subscribers. FTTH/B roll-out has progressed at an annual rate of 41% in 2011, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers and nearly 28 million homes passed at the end of 2011, says the FTTH Council Europe.

The latest European FTTH market panorama for the full year 2011 was presented on Wednesday during a press conference at the FTTH Conference in Munich, Germany. Since the previous edition in June 2011, Europe has added more than 600,000 new FTTH subscribers. FTTH/B roll-out has progressed at an annual rate of 41% in 2011, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers and nearly 28 million homes passed at the end of 2011, says the FTTH Council Europe.

In the ranking of leading FTTH economies with more than 1% penetration of households, the top three haven’t changed since the previous edition, with Lithuania (28.3% penetration), Norway (14,7%) and Sweden (13,6%) in the lead.

Countries that have significantly improved their positions include Norway, who is number two, as well as Latvia and Turkey, who are now ahead of Italy. Hungary has dropped two positions, now lagging behind Estonia and Portugal.

Household penetration in Lithuania has gone up a full 3% since the previous edition, in Norway, the rise amounted to 2% and in Sweden just 0.4%. Compared to the last market, the average increase in the top 10 countries was 1.23%.

Although Spain is not included in the FTTH Ranking, it is likely to be included in the foreseeable future as it has witnessed the largest growth for 2011, with a 184% increase.

“It is good to see that FTTH adoption continues to grow, even in times of economic uncertainty,” says Hartwig Tauber, director general of FTTH Council Europe. “However additional efforts are required to bring Europe on track to reach the Digital Agenda 2020 ultra-fast broadband targets with fibre-enabled connections.”

The UN’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development has stated that every country should have a national broadband plan by 2015, claiming Internet should be seen as a human need and a right, and that broadband contributes to economic growth and job creation. And the European Commission proposes to spend $12 billion from 2014-2020 on high-speed broadband and related services, with $9 billion available for investment in infrastructure.