The FTTH Council Europe has unveiled the latest figures showing which European countries are leading the way in the penetration of fibre-to-the-home at year-end 2009.
Although Sweden, Norway and Slovenia have maintained their places in the top five, they have been overtaken by Lithuania, which made a dynamic jump to the number one position with 18 per cent FTTH penetration. All four countries now have penetration rates greater than 10 per cent â€“ a significant milestone for Europe.
France and Portugal broke into the Ranking for the first time, helped by strong deployment of fibre infrastructure as well as marketing efforts to engage subscribers. FTTH uptake in both countries is expected to continue to increase rapidly as both countries also rank in the top 10 economies in terms of the availability of FTTH.
In absolute figures Europe has reached 2.5 million subscribers; 3.5 million if Russia is also included. The majority of subscribers (77 per cent) are concentrated in seven countries, in the following order: Sweden, Italy, France, Lithuania, Norway, The Netherlands and Denmark. Amongst them 5 countries now have connected more than 200,000 subscribers.