Following latest research conducted by Dataxis, FTTx (FTTH/B) development has picked up in the past years. Dataxis estimates that in 2016 Europe has reached 53 million FTTx (FTTH/B) subscribers from only 15 million in 2010. Moreover, in the 1st quarter of 2017, FTTx (FTTH/B) subscribers has reached 55 million in Europe.

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Furthermore, Dataxis estimates that Russia accounts for almost 68% of FTTx subscribers in CEE countries amounting to 24 million subscribers in 2016. Incumbent Russian operators, Rostelecom, Beeline, MTS etc. have started investing in the technology since 2010 and consider FTTx (FTTB/H) as the technology of future with a strong competitive advantage in speed and traffic per household. At the end of the 1st quarter of 2017, 78% of the broadband connections in Russia were FTTx (FTTB/H).

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By Waseem Haider