UK bottom of FTTH league

The UK is bottom of the league for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in Europe according to research by the FTTH Council Europe organisation.

The data reveals that the UK has just 0.05 per cent of premises connected to FTTH services.

The organisation’s president Karin Ahl said the UK’s lack of progress means it was years behind nations such as Japan or South Korea.

“Most Asian countries have already reached maturity and Europe as a whole is expected to do by 2020. But for the UK, based on current trends, it may not be until 2022,” she said.

“Despite the fact that the government has announced plans to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, the UK is clearly lagging and has no large scale FTTH deployment plans,” the FTTH Council Europe said in its report. “It seems the Broadband Delivery (BDUK) Project has missed the opportunity to bring the country real broadband.”

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