A research report jointly issued by FTTH Council Europe and analysis company IDATE pointed out that FTTH and FTTB in Europe will usher in huge growth, which is partly due to the all-fiber operations in the UK and Germany.
According to IDATE’s forecast, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of FTTH/B users and household coverage in Europe will increase rapidly between 2020 and 2026. In 2020, there will be 49 million FTTH/B users in the 27 member states of the European Union and the United Kingdom (EU27+UK). According to IDATE forecasts, this number will surge to 148 million by 2026. During the period, EU27+UK’s FTTH/B household coverage is expected to increase from 105 million to 202 million.
IDATE's broader survey of 38 European countries including EU27+UK shows that the growth rate of FTTH/B users (increased from 86 million to 208 million) and household coverage (increased from 195 million to 317 million) is the same as that of EU27 +UK is similar.
IDATE believes that one of the reasons for the "substantial growth" in the European FTTH/B market is the substantial increase in the number of FTTH/B household coverage in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy: Germany (+730%), the United Kingdom (+548%) and Italy (+ 218%).
In IDATE's 2026 ranking of the top 15 European countries for FTTH/B household coverage, Germany ranks second (34 million). In the 2020 ranking, Germany ranks eighth (6 million). The UK rose from eighth to fourth (25.5 million).
During the forecast period, Russia's FTTH/B household coverage will increase from 49.1 million in 2020 to 53 million in 2026. Although only a modest increase of 9%, it will maintain its top position in FTTH/B household coverage.
In terms of FTTH/B penetration rate, during the forecast period, France will rise from the 7th place (35.5%) in European countries to 1st place (91.8%), and the UK will rise from 14th (7.1%) to 3rd place. Belarus fell from the highest ranking in 2020 (68.4%) to fifth place in 2026 (78.8%). Italy's FTTH/B household coverage will increase significantly, but the penetration rate in 2026 will only rank 12 (43.1%), but this number is still much higher than the approximately 7.1% in 2020.