The most recent report by the FTTH Council Europe reveals that Portugal is the country with the highest optical fiber coverage (FTTH) in rural areas of the European Union. The organization responsible for fiber optic networks in Europe indicates that, in total, 53% of homes in rural areas have coverage.
Spain ranks second in the podium, with 42% of homes in rural areas covered by optical fiber, followed by Sweden, with 38%. Countries such as the United Kingdom or Germany have only 7.5% and 6% coverage, respectively.
According to the study carried out by IDATE for the FTTH Council Europe, Portugal is above the European average of 18%. The European body announced that in Portugal there was a rapid deployment of FTTH networks in rural areas.
It is recalled that in July 2019, NOS and Vodafone increased the number of houses covered with optical fiber through an agreement with DSTelecom. At the time, NOS was expected to reach 5.7 million homes and Vodafone to 5.3 million, adding 900 to 1.2 million more to those already on the coverage maps.
Recently, Altice Portugal revealed that the goal of 5.3 million homes with fiber in Portugal in 2020 is getting closer and closer to being achieved. In 2019 there were 425 thousand new homes with the service, making a total of 4.9 million. In a year in which the company sold 49.99% of the optical fiber network and cashed in 2,315 million euros, it also reached the milestone of a million customers with fiber, installing 60% of the installed base.
In March, Anacom made it known that, at the end of 2019, around 67.3% of families subscribed to high-speed services at a fixed location and estimated that at least about 5.3 million households were cabled with a high speed network. According to the regulatory authority, fiber is the dominant technology, with a coverage of 78.7%.
In the same month, the entity indicated that at the end of 2019, more than half of fixed broadband Internet accesses were made through optical fiber (50.6%), when two years ago the percentage was 45.2%. Anacom also reported an increase of 17.4% in the number of accesses to the technology compared to 2018, with 297 new thousand accesses.