While fiber-to-the-home broadband is growing in the United States, many countries around the world are far more advanced in building their FTTH broadband connections network.
Asian countries tend to outpace the rest of the world in FTTH market penetration, according to a report released in February 2008 by the FTTH Council, which summarized the findings of Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Governments of Asia Pacific countries have made FTTH broadband connections an important strategic consideration in building their infrastructure, according to the report.
South Korea, in particular, is a world leader with more than 31 percent of its households boasting FTTH broadband connections. Hong Kong is second globally, with more than 23 percent penetration, while Japan is a close third with more than 21 percent of its households FTTH ready.
Western countries are making gains but still lag the Asian world. Sweden has little more than 7 percent of its homes supplied with FTTH broadband connections with Norway at 6 percent and Denmark at 2.5 percent, the council said.
The United States ranks about eighth in the world, with close to 2.3 percent of its households. The number, however, does represent a doubling of the percent of U.S. households with FTTH broadband connections year over year.
The technology continues to grow worldwide, the FTTH Council reported. The number of countries where FTTH broadband connections were making big gains continued to grow in number. The report listed 14 countries in which more than 1 percent of households had FTTH connections, up from 11 the year before. The group reported that 2007 was the best year in terms of new FTTH subscribers worldwide. Japan, China and the United States led the way with almost 6 million new FTTH households between them.
As demand for broadband capacity continues to grow, it's likely governments and private developers will do more to bring FTTH broadband connections to more homes.
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