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.

Posted by Teresa Cottam

Teresa is the Chief Analyst at Omnisperience and has over 25 years' experience in the telecoms and technology markets. She is an expert on SME and enterprise telecoms, and has considerable vertical market expertise. Her research focus lies in helping B2B telecoms firms become more commercially successful by better understanding and meeting their customers' needs. She is a judge of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GloMo's) for customer experience and enterprise innovation, and for the UK Cloud awards. You can follow her on Twitter @teresacottam

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