News are not very encouraging about the developments of FTTH in Europe.
The forecast is that the number of FTTH connections will grow from 2.4 million at the end of 2008 to 20.5 million by the end of 2013 (I do not know how many FTTH connections from theses 2.4 millions we have here in Catalonia…).
However, this is not enough to put Europe on a par with the most advanced FTTH countries (Korea/Japan) and not even with the USA.
That’s important, because high-speed broadband is becoming increasingly important for economic competitiveness which means that if we do not develop a good broadband infrastructure, we will not be competitive.
The reasons for this slow development of FTTH technologies in Europe is not because of the incumbents, but because of the lack of a clear policy to develop FTTH. Regulators do not know which road to follow and this is affecting the development of broadband infrastructure dramatically.
Europe is in trouble, not just because of the economic downturn, but because broadband infrastructure, which can be a good stimulus for the development of new business models, is not happening in Europe. We are far behind now and we do not know how further away we will be in 2013…