Lithuania has become the European country with the highest fiber broadband penetration, with fiber access to 18 percent of its households, according to a survey from industry organization FTTH Council Europe.
The former number 1, Sweden, has dropped to second place in the ranking of FTTH (fiber to the home) in European countires, and is followed by Norway and Slovenia, which all have a penetration of more than 10 percent.
Fifth to tenth placed countries are Estonia, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland, the Netherlands and Italy.
FTTH Council Europe's numbers include FTTH, where the fiber cable is connected directly to the household, and FTTB (fiber-to-the-building), where the fiber cable is terminated inside a multi-tenant building and a LAN is used to connect the households.
Currently, 15 European countries have reached a penetration of 1 percent or more, according to the FTTH Council Europe. France, Portugal, Czech Republic and Bulgaria had at the end of 2009 joined this group. That France has passed the 1 percent mark is a step in the right direction, and now Germany and the U.K. have to ramp up its efforts do the same as soon as possible, the FTTH Council Europe said.
There are now 3.5 million [m] subscribers in Europe, including almost 1 million [m] subscribers in Russia. That Russia doesn't figure in the penetration rankings is due to its large population. Lithuania has a relatively small population: the absolute number of FTTH subscribers is higher in Sweden, Italy and France.