(Las Vegas) – The first six months of 2010 show a continuous global growth of all-fiber networks, with Asia still the leading region on FTTH/B but the United States and Russia continuing to expand their fiber coverage. Eastern European countries are implementing an increasing number of fiber networks and becoming drivers of the European market.
The latest ranking, announced at the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, includes 24 economies worldwide that have at least one percent of their households connected to FTTH/B . Looking at the G-20 states, the picture remains unchanged compared to the last survey at the end of 2009, with seven of the G-20 states appearing in ranking: South Korea, Japan, the United States, China, Russia, Italy and France. South Korea remains the global leader in FTTH/B market penetration with more than 50 percent of broadband subscribers connected to all-fiber networks, while Japan has more than 35 percent of households actively using FTTH/B connections. Meanwhile, a number of Eastern European economies, notably Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia and Bulgaria, continue to show strong market penetration for FTTH as deployments expand in those countries.
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NOTE: The FTTH Global Ranking is based on the FTTH Councils’ definition of FTTH/B: it includes both Fiber to the Home (FTTH), where the fibre connection reaches direct to the household, and Fiber to the Building (FTTB), where fiber terminates inside the boundary of a multi-tenant building. The Ranking covers all countries with at least 200,000 households where the penetration of FTTH/B has reached 1% of the total number of homes.
“While North America’s largest FTTH provider, Verizon, is nearing its goals on its massive buildout, it appears that more than 750 smaller telecoms across North America, including a growing number in Canada, are picking up the slack and setting the stage for continued expansion of all-fiber networks,” said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council North America. “The industry buzz here is that every company delivering telecommunications services to household subscribers needs to be thinking how they are going to upgrade to end-to-end fiber, so we anticipate further robust growth over the next few years.”
“With Bulgaria and Romania joining the Global Ranking, the Eastern European countries are leading the drive for fiber in Europe”, comments Chris Holden, President of the FTTH Council Europe, “if we include Russia, today the majority of FTTH/B connections are in Eastern Europe. Looking at the G-20 states, Germany, UK and Spain are still missing in the ranking. However, over the last six months there have been promising announcements and plans which should help to accelerate fiber in Europe combined with much more positive messaging from the Commission in its European Digital Agenda.”
“More APAC countries are adopting this technology in various degrees and are coming on board the FTTH technology curve. This could be initiated by governments or service providers themselves. They now have a much better understanding of the various jigsaw ecosystem components that is needed for a successful deployment”, concludes Y.K. Loke, President of the FTTH Council Asia Pacific. “Another interesting new development is property developers’ involvement in high rise buildings (especially in MDUs and MTUs) and industrial and technology parks. Some countries are even exploring the possibility of FTTV (Fiber to the Village). There is the debate of Urban versus Rural deployment. Thus the theme of our forthcoming APAC Conference in India entitled – Fiber bridging the socio-economic divide.”
The next update of the FTTH Global Ranking will be presented at the FTTH Council Europe’s annual conference in Milan, on 9&10 February 2011.
About the FTTH Council North America:
Now in its eighth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council is a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage FTTH solutions. Council membership includes municipalities, utilities, developers, and traditional and non-traditional service providers, creating a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Communities and organizations interested in exploring FTTH options may find information on the FTTH Council web site at http://www.ftthcouncil.org/.
About The FTTH Council Europe:
The FTTH Council Europe is an industry organisation with a mission to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to consumers and businesses. The Council promotes this technology because it will deliver a flow of new services that enhances the quality of life, contributes to a better environment and increased competitiveness. The FTTH Council Europe consists of more than 130 member companies. Its members include leading telecommunications companies and many world leaders in the telecommunications industry. http://www.ftthcouncil.eu/
About the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific:
The FTTH Council Asia-Pacific is a non-profit organization established in 2005. The organization is building on the success of its sister organizations in the US and Europe to educate the industry and the general public on the opportunities and benefits of FTTH solutions. FTTH Council Asia-Pacific members represent all areas of broadband industries, including telecommunications, computing, networking, system integration, engineering and content-provider companies, as well as traditional telecommunications service providers, utilities and municipalities.