Two-thirds of Western European homes to have broadband by end-2009


Western European broadband is in "relatively good health", according to a new report from UK firm Strategy Analytics, which predicts that broadband service providers in the region will reach 115mn subscribers by the end of this year, rising to nearly 150mn by 2013.

61% of Western Europe households had broadband connectivity at the end of 2008, according to the report, which predicts that this figure will pass 67% by the end of this year and rise to exceed 80% by 2013. The majority of these broadband connections are currently through DSL technology, though given the region's "ambitious fibre roll-outs", Strategy Analytics predicts that fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) will account for 9% of broadband homes by 2013.

“The excitement in the Western European market today is clearly about fibre,” said Ben Piper, Director of the Strategy Analytics Multiplay Market Dynamics Service. “As France, Germany, and other countries position themselves for major fibre roll-outs, we are forecasting the total number of FTTx connections in Western Europe to grow by 47% in the next five years.”