Canada joins ranking of G20 fibre countries

Date: Tue, 03/27/2012 - 19:17

The FTTH Councils’ latest Global ranking shows continuous momentum on fibre deployments
Canada joins ranking of G20 fibre countries Chris Holden, President of the FTTH Council Europe

With Canada and Malaysia as new entrants, the latest update of the Global FTTH Ranking unveils some surprising new developments on the further deployment of FTTH/B networks. The ranking includes 30 economies worldwide that have at least one percent of their households connected to FTTH/B1.
Following a recent surge in new FTTH deployments, Canada had nearly 170,000 fibre-connected households by end of 2011. This represents 1,24% of the total number of households in Canada. In Asia, Malaysia became a real shooting star on fibre. They join the ranking with 3,42% of the total number of households connected to the only future proof access solution: fibre.
There are no changes on the countries in the top five but it is remarkable that the order changed significantly. For the first time the top three are not held by Asian economies only. United Arab Emirates increased their numbers of households connected to FTTH to more than 55% of the total households. This is number two in the world very close to the 57,75% of South Korea. Hong Kong has changed places with Japan and is number three now.
On the European side there is a steady growth of fibre. The Nordic countries are now challenged by several Eastern European countries on the top ten positions of the Global Ranking. It is a significant development that Eastern European countries starting to take a leading role on future proof broadband in Europe while the “usual suspects” like Germany, UK or France still lag far behind.
“We are happy to see new economies joining the Global FTTH Ranking”, says Chris Holden, President of the FTTH Council Europe, “but we are concerned that there is no new entrant from Europe. On the positive side we see a steady growth in our region. Still there is a long way to go to reach the Digital Agenda targets of the European Union to ensure that more than 50% of the European households will use broadband connections of 100 Mbit/s or more in 2020.”
"It has been an exciting journey witnessing the evolution of fibre deployment in the Asia Pacific region. In the past 10 years, like a parent, we have witnessed the birth, the growth and also the maturity of FTTH throughout this vast region filled with a rich diversity of cultures and nationalities. 
In the next 5 years, we shall witness the fruits of this advancement enriching the lives of everyone in the region, and that I promise will be an experience of a lifetime. It will truly be a cultural evolution." said Frank Jaffer, President of FTTH Council APAC.
“It is clear that Canada is now firmly on the path to expanded FTTH deployment, with several network operators in the country now upgrading to all-fibre, and we now expect that fibre to the home market growth in Canada may exceed that of the U.S. over the next several years,” said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council North America. “Meanwhile, FTTH is beginning to take off in Latin America and the Caribbean, with nearly a dozen network operators in those countries beginning their deployments. It is now clear that across the Americas, FTTH is becoming the preferred technology for wireline access networks that are looking to stay competitive.”
“We are proud to have the UAE as the second country in the global ranking for 2011 in terms of FTTH connected homes,” says Faris Awartani, Chairman of FTTH Council MENA. “We have witnessed a rapid growth in the Gulf countries during the past two years and the Levant is promising to join during 2012 and the next 5 years”.
Juanita Clark, the CEO of the newly founded FTTH Council Africa comments: “Even though Africa is seeing significant amounts of fibre networks being deployed, literally thousands of km with weekly news of new entrants planning extensive routes, the main challenge still remains the access networks. As a natural progression we believe it is not long until we see significant growth in FTTH on the continent.”

1The FTTH Global Ranking is based on the FTTH Councils’ definition of FTTH/B: it includes both Fibre to the Home (FTTH), where the fibre connection reaches direct to the household, and Fibre to the Building (FTTB), where fibre terminates inside the boundary of a multi-tenant building. The Ranking covers all countries with at least 200,000 households where the penetration of FTTH/B has reached 1% of the total number of homes.

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