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Market data released by the FTTH Council has showed that the demand for fibre networks in Europe is increasing with a 21% annual increase in the number of subscribers and a 36.4% increase in coverage.

IDATE FTTH 14March2019The study, conducted by IDATE, found that overall the number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe increased by 15.7% in EU39 since September 2017 with more than 59.6 million FTTH/B subscribers in September 2018. Although Russia is the leader in terms of FTTH/B subscribers in the European region, the study showed that the country has showed a lower growth rate compared with other European countries which are catching up quickly with a 21% growth.

And all together, the deployment of both FTTH and FTTB networks was found to have increased significantly. By September 2018 it is estimated that the coverage of FTTH/B reached 46.4% in the EU39 and 36.4% in the 28 European Union countries. This said the FTTH Council shows a clear upward trend from September 2015 where the estimated coverage rate in the region was 39% in the EU39 and 27.2% in the EU28.

Looking at where most subscribers were added, Spain topped the rankings with 1.858 million new FTTH/B subscribers following by neighbour and fibre stronghold France with 1.480 million additions. Russia saw its FTTH/B subscriber base increase with 1.256 million new FTTH/B customers.

Other countries also experienced notable increases such as the Czech Republic with 523,950 new subscribers and Italy with 449,637. The latter territory saw whet the FTTH Council called ‘outstanding’ growth in the number of homes passed, from 4.398 million in September 2017 to 6.295 million in September 2018 for a total increase of 43.12%.

The FTTH Council added that it was notable that fibre technologies had evolved over the last few years. It said that by September 2018 it had observed a predominance of FTTH architecture over FTTB (56% vs 44%). It also saw that governments and local authorities were getting more involved in fibre projects, either directly, by signing agreements with telecom players, or via public funds.

“These new figures show a momentum that is accelerating over the last few years,” said president of the FTTH Council Ronan Kelly commenting on the report. “Full fibre is the way forward and the results of the Market Panorama provide compelling evidence of this. Fibre expansion is booming in many countries and today more consumers are aware of the benefits of fibre. Our job is not done, however, there is still a long way to go until every citizen and business has access to the benefits of full fibre in Europe.”