Asia, Europe Still Dominate FTTH

Fourteen countries have more than 1 percent of their population hooked up to a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection, with Asia/Pacific nations still dominating the emerging high-speed broadband access rankings, according to new research from the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council .

Those 14 countries are the same ones that made the end-of-2007 ranking, and South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan still command the top three positions in the Council's half-year global update. South Korea increased its FTTH penetration to 37 percent, from 31.4 percent at the turn of the year, while Hong Kong ramped to 27 percent from 23.4 percent, and Japan edged up 3.2 percentage points to 24.5 percent penetration.

But there have been some lower order changes, with the U.S. slipping two places to tenth place. (See table below and graph.)

Table 1: Economies With the Highest Penetration of FTTH/FTTB, Mid-2008
Ranking mid-2008 Market/country Ranking at end of 2007 % of households with FTTH connection at end of June 2008 % of households with FTTH connection at end of Dec 2007 Dominant architecture*
1 South Korea 1 37 31.4 FTTB
2 Hong Kong 2 27 23.4 FTTB
3 Japan 3 24.5 21.3 FTTH
4 Taiwan 5 7.7 6.8 FTTB
5 Sweden 4 7.5 7.1 FTTH
6 Norway 6 7.1 6 FTTH
7 Slovenia 9 4.6 1.8 FTTH
8 Iceland 10 3.9 1.5 FTTH
9 Denmark 7 3.2 2.5 FTTH
10 United States 8 2.9 2.3 FTTH
11 China 11 1.9 1.5 FTTB
12 Netherlands 12 1.4 1.4 FTTH
13 Italy 13 1.4 1.2 FTTB
14 Singapore 14 1.4 1.1 FTTH
* FTTH = economies where majority architecture is fiber-to-the-home
* FTTB = economies where majority architecture is fiber-to-the-building plus an in-building LAN (no copper-based access involved)

Source: Fiber-to-the-Home Council

Sweden also slipped, by one place to fifth, as Taiwan edged ahead into fourth place with a FTTH penetration of 7.7 percent, up from 6.8 percent at the end of 2007. That gives Asia/Pacific the top four places, while Europe, courtesy of Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Iceland, and Denmark, commands the next five positions.

Those countries are then followed by the U.S., which was pushed down the order, along with Denmark, by growth in Slovenia and Iceland.

But while the U.S. may have slipped down the ranking, it has increased its FTTH penetration level to 2.9 percent, up from 2.3 percent at the end of 2007. It now has 3.3 million FTTH subscribers, with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) making a significant contribution to that total (more than 1.8 million), though, according to the Council, there are another 600 or so smaller FTTH deployments ongoing across the country.

According to the Council, Asia/Pacific accounts for more than 27 million of the world's 32 million FTTH subscribers, while Europe has just 1.4 million, a total that should increase during the next few years as major projects get going in countries like France. (See Report: EMEA Set for FTTH Surge.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

tmastrangelo0 12/5/2012 | 3:36:05 PM
re: Asia, Europe Still Dominate FTTH Where do these come from? At the end of 1Q08 Japan is just over 12M, and Korea is 1.1M, Taiwan is 635K. While China does have some FTTH deployment, the majority of it is FTTB + WLAN with some active Ethernet.

Once again, I question how the FTTH Council's arrive at their data.

dhelmstaedt 12/5/2012 | 3:36:04 PM
re: Asia, Europe Still Dominate FTTH I completely agree. I think that the 27 million contain FTTH as well as FTTB. Taking a look to the graph with fiber penetration indicates that countries like South Korea and China are primarily using FTTB. This correlates with my personal experience in particular from the Korean market.
bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 3:36:02 PM
re: Asia, Europe Still Dominate FTTH Teresa I don't think you are suppose to use your real name..

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