Europe hits 121 million FTTH/B connections

Europe hits 121 million FTTH/B connections

By Ray Le Maistre

  • The FTTH Europe Council has provided its annual fibre broadband stats update
  • The data is collected and presented each year by research firm Idate
  • Across 39 European regional markets, there are now 121 million active fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) connections, up by 13% year on year
  • Fibre broadband lines now pass almost 70% of the 349 million premises in Europe
  • France has the most FTTH/B connections, while Spain has the highest take-up rate

Fibre broadband lines now reach 244 million homes and businesses across 39 markets in Europe and nearby markets, and 121 million, almost half of those lines, are in active use by subscribers, according to the latest statistics compiled by research house Idate and published in an annual update by the FTTH Council Europe. 

That means 69.9% of the region’s 349 million homes and businesses are currently reached by a fibre line, either directly or via a fibre that runs to a multi-tenant building.  

Idate’s latest annual report, which covers the 12-month period up to the end of September 2023, looks at the state of the fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) market in the 27 European Union member states, plus the UK, Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and two other countries (those two being Belarus and Russia, from which statistics are bundled into the aggregated totals but not broken out or specified due to the involvement of those countries in the invasion of Ukraine).  

The total numbers show an ongoing and gradual increase in premises passed and fibre broadband lines activated, as the number of premises reached (or passed) by fibre increased by 23 million (or 10.4%) during the 12 months to the end of September last year, while the number of active connections increased by 14 million, or 13%, compared with a year earlier.  

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