The global FTTH/B market grew by 16 percent to almost 41 million subscribers at the end of 2009, compared with the end of June 2009, according to a study by Idate. Over the next five years, this momentum is likely to translate into a significant increase in the number of homes passed: by the end of 2014, there will be close to 306 million homes passed for FTTH/B around the globe, of which more than half will still be located in Asia and 18 percent in Western Europe. The study also found that Eastern Europe, which has already pulled ahead of Western Europe, with 3.5 million FTTH/B customers, compared to around 2 million. In 2014, 18 countries will have deployed optical fibre networks to more than 50 percent of homes, which is 10 more than at the end of 2009. Japan is still leading with 17.14 million FTTH/B subscribers followed by South Korea with 9.23 million, the US with 5.7 million, Russia with 3.04 million and Taiwan with 1.675 million.
The top ten further includes Hong Kong, China, Sweden, Italy and France. Japanese fixed network operator NTT is the largest operator with 12.78 million customers, followed by KT from South Korea with 4.63 million, Verizon with 3.43 million, and SK Broadband from South Korea with 3.03 million.