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Europe digs for fiber | Financial

Across Europe, the sector expects the number of households with fiber to grow from around 197 million in 2021 to 302 million in 2026.

Last year, the Netherlands was just below the average for the EU plus the United Kingdom, according to figures from FTTH. In the forecast for the period between now and 2026, the number of fiber optic connections in our country will grow by 144% compared to 2020 to 7.7 million of the 8 million connected households. Thanks to a growth spurt, about half of the households in our country now have a fiber optic connection. A minority of them also use it.

Countries with relatively the most fiber connections are Iceland, Belarus and Spain. Dutch telecom companies started construction relatively late, because it has continued to upgrade copper lines for a long time. That was long a faster and cheaper way to help large numbers of households with internet speeds of around 100 megabits per second. However, this does not offer any solace for the much higher speeds that telecom companies think they will need in the future.

Overcapacity

Plans announced by fiber optic companies in the Netherlands together result in a number that is higher than the number of households. KPN wants -partly together with ABP- to approximately double by 2026 to around six million households on its fiber network, T-Mobile is aiming for one million with partners and Delta wants two million connections. In practice, this will mean that some households will be provided with two fiber optic cables, which also means that the sidewalk will probably have to be opened twice a day.

Europe digs for fiber | Financial
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