Stratix: Dutch FTTH accelerates despite credit crisis

JUNE 5, 2009 -- The number of homes (households) passed has grown from 188,000 in the first quarter of 2008 to 349,000 in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 85%.

JUNE 5, 2009 -- Stratix Consulting BV (search Lightwave for Stratix) has issued a new report on the Dutch fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) market. The Netherlands is currently one of the very few countries in Europe where genuine FTTH is installed, the company asserts. The number of homes (households) passed has grown from 188,000 in the first quarter of 2008 to 349,000 in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 85%.

Of the 349,000 homes passed, about 62% (216,000 homes) are actually connected (fiber brought into the meter cupboard, ready-for-service), Stratix asserts. This figure represents a growth of near 52% compared to the 142,000 homes connected in March 2008.

Until recently, most FTTH providers, mainly non-listed companies, were quite secretive on their actual subscriber numbers. Detailed data was hard to come by, Stratix says, while publicly listed companies were keen to shield FTTH-figures by combining them with their other key performance indicators.

Stratix asserts that its team has been able to uncover actual service subscriber numbers for nearly all projects of any scale, using local press and other public sources. From these data the company says that the number of active subscribers has grown from at least 84,000 in the first quarter of 2008 to 139,000 in the first quarter of 2009, an annual increase of 65%.

Stratix finds that the fiber industry is scaling up production in 2009 and regular launches in new towns and cities continue to occur despite the credit crisis.

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