FTTH, or Fibre To The Home technology, continues to be dominated by Scandinavian countries in the latest statistics released by the FTTH Council Europe at the latest Parisian forum on Broadband technology.
FTTH is seen as the way of the future and refers to fibre optic cabling that is slowly replacing the traditional copper wiring of most telecommunications companies. The advantages of FTTH are that it can easily carry high-speed broadband services which integrate data, video and voice, and for is also referred to as FTTB or Fibre To The Building, Broadband TV News reports.
Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland also feature in the top ten for FTTH penetration, highlighting the Nordic region’s advancement in telecommunication. Statistics show that close to 70 percent of all fibre optic home usage can be found in the Scandinavian region alone.
The council’s aim is to push FTTH into all homes and businesses across Europe, whilst educating the public of the benefits and advantages of the technology. The rankings are carried out by the IDATE, a French company founded in 1977 which has long been recognised as the leading market analyst in strategic advice for the media, internet and telecoms industries. The study was commissioned by MIC, Europe’s monitoring and commissioning network as part of the FTTH council’s marketing study, Panorama.
The study ranks countries on percentage penetration, with latest results showing only Sweden and second place Norway reaching the 10 percent threshold. The Nordic region of Europe is of course home to Swedish mobile powerhouse Ericsson and the world’s leading mobile communications company, Nokia.