According to market research company Dittberner, annual FTTH shipments were up 71 per cent in 2008. Q4 2008 shipments rose slightly, but still broke 3 million for the first time.
The Japanese market remains the main driver for FTTH, adding a little over 700,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter to close in on 14.5 Million FTTH and FTTB subscribers. The North American, Korean and China markets showed steady growth. Dittberner expects that the FTTH shipment jump in 2008 will be followed by 5 per cent growth in 2009 and then growth will be flat for 2010 and 2011.