TEO LT, Lithuania’s incumbent fixed line operator, has announced that the number of customers using its fibre-optic broadband internet service exceeded 100,000 at the end of 2010. Of that total, approximately 88,000 subscribers used TEO’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) platform, while the remainder subscribed to the firm’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) offering. TEO’s chief technology officer, Darius Didzgalvis, attributed the growth in fibre-optic internet users to the possibilities provided by the technology and the rapid development of TEO’s next generation network. ‘The FTTH network provides opportunities not only to browse the internet at ultra-fast speeds, but also to watch HDTV or make telephone calls simultaneously,’ he noted. TEO’s fibre internet service, which provides theoretical download speeds of up to 200Mbps, is available to around 570,000 households, representing around half of the country’s population. The network is present in the country’s largest cities, including coverage of 86% of residents in Vilnius, 95% of Klaipeda, 75% of households in Kaunas, and more than half of the residents in both Panevezys and Siauliai. The incumbent plans to invest around LTL70 million (USD27 million) in its fibre-optic infrastructure in 2011, to bring total investment in the network to LTL325 million by the end of the year.