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EU Tops 1m Fibre (FTTH) Broadband Connections

Posted: 01st Mar, 2007 By: MarkJ
Research from Informa Telecoms found that there are now more than 1 Million Fibre To The Home (FTTH) broadband connections, with Sweden leading the pack:


Across Western Europe 1.4 per cent of broadband users are connected by fibre, but in Sweden that rises to over 27 per cent of its 2.34 million users.

Laying fibre is much more expensive than squeezing more bandwidth out of 20-year-old copper, but once it's been laid fibre offers many times the bandwidth of alternatives.

For private companies there's little incentive to make that kind of investment, so where FTTH has been deployed it's generally by utilities or local authorities which then allow any company to offer services over the fibre.

Readers will no doubt point out how one of Europe's largest powers, the UK, is completely missing. But should we be surprised anymore? More @ The Register.
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