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Author Topic: UK FTTH Grows as Global Fixed Broadband Subscribers Hit 1 Billion  (Read 456 times)


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A new report has revealed that 81% of global fixed broadband ISP subscriptions were fibre optic (FTTH/B/C) and cable (DOCSIS) based during Q3 2018, while the total number of connections increased by 25.4 million (+2.6%) in the quarter to deliver a milestone total of 1.008 Billion!

The data, which was produced by Point Topic, notes that Cable networks (HFC DOCSIS platforms like Virgin Media) saw an annual growth rate of 4.5%, while “full fibre” (FTTH/P) networks surged by 22.9%, hybrid fibre (FTTC/FTTx) platforms grew by 5.8%, Satellite reported a rise of 2.8% and fixed wireless networks grew by 6.5%. Meanwhile old and slow pure copper line broadband (ADSL, SDSL etc.) services declined by -7.9%.

As usual China continues to be the largest fibre growth market, reporting an annual increase in ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections of 25% and this constituted 82% of global FTTH net adds in the period. But Argentina (21%), Brazil (19%), UK (11%) and France (10%), among others, also saw “significant” FTTH quarterly growth rates.

We note that the United Kingdom’s quarterly growth rate of 11% also marks another improvement from the 10% reported in Q2. All of this is in keeping with the recent ramp up in fibre optic deployments from operators like Openreach (BT), Cityfibre, Gigaclear, Community Fibre, Hyperoptic, B4RN and others.
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