|The 3 global FTTH Councils present update of Global Ranking|
(PARIS, FR/WASHINGTON, DC) – The number of countries where fiber to the home connections are showing significant gains in the broadband services market continues to expand, according to an updated global ranking issued on Feb. 27th by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
The new ranking, released on Feb. 27th at the FTTH Council Europe’s annual conference in Paris and based on statistics gathered at the end of 2007, lists 14 economies where more than one percent of households are connected directly into high speed fiber optic networks. On the three councils’ first-ever ranking, released last July, 11 economies exceeded the 1 percent threshold.
Globally, 2007 was the best year yet in terms of numbers of new subscribers to FTTH services, thanks primarily to strong growth in
“What this indicates is the unrelenting vigor of the FTTH industry here in
The updated ranking shows that Asian economies continue to outpace the rest of the world in terms of FTTH market penetration, with
A large gap separates third place
The three regional FTTH Councils joined together last year to create this official global FTTH ranking in order to provide the telecommunications industry, governments and regulators with a unique snapshot of international fiber access penetration.
“While we’re delighted to see the
"It is no accident that Asia-Pac continues to be the fastest growing region for FTTH in the world, with more subscribers connected on fiber than all other regions combined,” said Schoichi Hanatani, President of the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific. “The rollout of FTTH has been encouraged by forward-looking governments and regulators in the Asia-Pac region for several years now. They understand that FTTH is a key strategic national infrastructure."
The global ranking follows the unified definition of FTTH terms announced by the three councils last year, and which has formed the basis for recent market research by each council. For completeness and accuracy the ranking includes both FTTH and FTTB (fiber-to-the-building) figures, while copper-based broadband access technologies (DSL, FTT-Curb, FTT-Node) are not included.
The chart can be downloaded here: http://www.ftthcouncil.eu/images/Global_Ranking_Chart08_low-rez.jpg