The number of subscribers to services delivered over fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) networks worldwide reached 28.2mn at the end of June, up 23% from the end of 2007, according to a new study by research firm IDATE, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections accounting for 90% of the total.
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The study also includes VDSL and fibre-to-the-last-amplifier (FTTLA) within its definition of FTTx, with VDSL accounting for 4.5% of the total. Asia had the most FTTx subscribers by region at the end of June, accounting for 80% of the global total, with Japan leading the way with 13mn FTTH/B subscribers. Europe is reported to have experienced a strong FTTH/B subscriber growth rate of 32% in the first half of this year, with countries such as France and Norway seeing a "sizable increase" in FTTH/B connections.
The US meanwhile is reported to have remained the only market in North America where FTTx connections are available, growing 38% during the first half of this year thanks to 500,000 new subscribers for Verizon's 'FiOS' service and a growth rate of 137% for AT&T, which offers fibre-to-the-node connections based on VDSL technology.
Source: Connected Home News.