172 million premises now have FTTP in Europe

The FTTH Council Europe has provided an update on fibre deployment trends in Europe. Highlights include:

  • 172 million homes now have FTTP (in the form of either FTTH or FTTB) in the EU39 – up from 160 million in 2018
  • Iceland has 96.7% coverage of FTTP, Norway 90.2%, Spain 85.6%, France 57.1%, Italy 30.6%, UK 15.1% and Germany 10%. Eastern Europe and Nordic countries have high penetration due to proactive state intervention towards fibre expansion
  • alternative ISPs are providing around 56% of the total fibre expansion, with 41% of homes passed by incumbents
  • the countries with most homes passed in 2018-19 were France (3.5 million), Italy (1.9 million) and Spain (1.5 million). The UK passed 1.4 million homes during this period
  • FTTP take up across the EU39 was 40.9% in September 2019 and 43.3% in the EU28. FTTP subscribers in Europe increased by 15% in the EU39 between September 2018 and September 2019 to 70.4 million in total, with France adding 1.9 million and Spain adding 1.65 million
  • Iceland has the highest penetration (FTTH/B subscriptions/households) of FTTP at 65.9%, with Belarus (62.8%) and Sweden (56.8%) coming second and third.

Readers can download the full report here.
It is important to understand the difference between EU39 and EU28 (see below):
The EU 39: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The EU 28: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.