FTTH/B up 7% in H1; 3.8% growth across fixed broadband

24 Oct 2012

The Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic (TU SR) has reported that broadband connections based on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) grew by 7% during the first six months of 2012 to 95,000, whilst fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) subscriber lines also increased by 7% to 133,000. Official statistics presented by the regulator show that the total direct fibre/LAN customer base rose by 7% from 223,000 at end-December 2011 to 238,000 at end-June 2012, of which residential lines grew from 203,000 to 215,000, and business lines increased by 3,000 to 23,000 in six months. The TU SR announced that the total number of broadband users on next generation access (NGA) networks – a category which can include other FTTx technologies such as fibre-to-the-cabinet in addition to VDSL2 – increased by 5% to 252,000 in January-June 2012.

The regulator’s statistics also reveal that xDSL broadband lines continued to grow marginally, from 404,000 at end-December 2011 to 407,000 at mid-2012, although residential connections remained virtually static in the period at 293,000. 10,000 net new cable modem broadband subscribers were added in H1 2012 to reach a total of 126,000, around 93% of which are residential, and fixed-wireless broadband technologies including WiMAX also increased their user base by 11,000 to 217,000 in the same period. With an additional 2,000 other connections (leased line/satellite), the total fixed broadband subscriber base in Slovakia increased by 3.8% in H1 2012 to reach 989,000, 82% of which are residential. According to the TU SR’s statistics, mobile broadband subscribers increased by just half a percentage point in the same six month period, reporting a total of 1.755 million at end-June 2012.