FTTH Council Ranks Markets

Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America issue global rankings

February 28, 2008

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PARIS and WASHINGTON -- The number of countries where fiber to the home connections are showing significant gains in the broadband services market continues to expand, according to an updated global ranking issued today by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

The new ranking, released today at the FTTH Council Europe’s annual conference in Paris and based on statistics gathered at the end of 2007, lists 14 economies where more than one percent of households are connected directly into high speed fiber optic networks. On the three councils’ first-ever ranking, released last July, 11 economies exceeded the 1 percent threshold. Slovenia, Iceland and Singapore were the new entries on the list.

Globally, 2007 was the best year yet in terms of numbers of new subscribers to FTTH services, thanks primarily to strong growth in Japan, China and the United States, where a total of nearly 6 million new FTTH households were added for the three countries.

“What this indicates is the unrelenting vigor of the FTTH industry here in Europe – where we surpassed one million connections – and worldwide,” said Joeri Van Bogaert, President of the FTTH Council Europe. “This phenomenon is driven by something that never slows down, and that is the consumer appetite for ever-higher bandwidth.”

The updated ranking shows that Asian economies continue to outpace the rest of the world in terms of FTTH market penetration, with South Korea moving into the stop slot with 31.4 percent of households connected, followed by Hong Kong at 23.4 percent and Japan at 21.3%.

A large gap separates third place Japan from fourth place Sweden, where 7.1 percent of homes are wired with FTTH, followed closely by Taiwan at 6.8 percent and Norway at 6 percent. Denmark, at 2.5 percent occupies seventh position on the chart.

The United States, by more than doubling its penetration rate to 2.3 percent, moved up three places to eighth position, followed by two of the three countries making their first appearance on the chart, Slovenia at 1.8 percent and Iceland at 1.5 percent. The People’s Republic of China moved from tenth to eleventh place as direct fiber connections in that country moved up slightly to 1.5 percent.

Netherlands, Italy and Singapore rounded out the list with market penetration rates ranging from 1.1 to 1.4 percent.

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