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Hungary and Ukraine join the world's leading economies FTTH

Hungary and Ukraine join the world's leading economies FTTH

BRUSSELS, September 27, 2011 / PRNewswire / -

Europe enjoyed a 24% increase in the number of subscribers to fiber to the home in the first half of 2011, according to latest figures from the FTTH Council Europe, announced today at the Broadband World Forum in Paris.

The region, excluding Russia, estimated at 5 million subscribers of FTTH / B by the end of June 2011, for a total of 28 million homes passed. Russia added only 964,000 new subscribers of FTTH / B in the first half of 2011, making a total of 5.15 million subscribers. Including Russia, Europe recounted 10.2 million subscribers of FTTH / B for approved homes 39.8 million, representing an increase of 22% since the end of 2010.

The Baltic countries and new member states of Europe have played an important role in accelerating the growth of FTTH / B: Hungary and Ukraine are the latest countries to be found in the FTTH subscriber rankings Council in positions 11 and 16, respectively.

The Hungarian market, with 235,055 subscribers to FTTH / B and a subscriber penetration rate of 6%, is highly fragmented: loss of agents FTTH / B are only active in local areas. Magyar Telekom is the largest agent, with 290,000 FTTH homes approved for mid-2011 and an ambitious plan to deliver up to 100 Mbps for 30% of households in the country for 2013.

Ukraine has 450,000 subscribers FTTH / B and a subscriber penetration rate of 2.2%. Vimpelcom is the largest private FTTB agent in the country.

Lithuania still leads with 26.6% of households subscribing to FTTH / B, followed by Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Russia, Slovakia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Denmark, each with a penetration rate of over 6%.

The major Western European economies are lagging behind in contrast, neither the UK nor Germany nor Spain are included in the ranking.

The complete ranking for 2011 was presented at the FTTH Conference, held in Munich from 14 to 16 February 2012

Note: The European FTTH scenario directs IDATE for FTTH Council Europe. The ranking of FTTH includes all countries with at least 200,000 homes where the penetration of FTTH / B has reached at least 1% of the total number of households. This includes FTTH, where the connection of fiber reaches the home, FTTB, where the fiber ends within the limits of a building multiviviendas.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Nadia Babaali, Communications Manager, FTTH Council Europe, +33 (0) 6 20 88 72 38, nadia.babaali @