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Study: European FTTH deployment cost €137bn

The FTTH Council Europe – the industry organisation with a mission to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to consumers and businesses – has made public its 2017 study on the cost of deploying FTTH throughout the EU. The results of the cost model indicate that €137 billion would be required to provide a complete overlay of the EU28 countries. This cost includes 100 per cent homes passed and 50 per cent connected (with 50 per cent of the most remote 5 per cent both passed and connected).

“We are very happy to be publishing this study now,” declared Ronan Kelly, President of the FTTH Council Europe. “The cost modellers who generated the FTTH Council Europe cost estimates have modelled over three quarters of a million households using real data from actual deployments in a variety of scenarios. By putting out the methodology we also invite other parties estimating these costs to join a discussion. Policy makers should not compromise in seeking the best networks for Europe. Fibre will undoubtedly play a crucial role in enabling European 5G rollout as its foundational infrastructure as well as next generation digital services.”

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