Chinese FTTH networks pass nearly 450m homes

6 Jul 2016

The number of homes passed by fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks rose by 74.3% year-on-year to 446 million in 2015, C114 cites Ao Li, the deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s (MIIT’s) China Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR) unit, as saying. The expansion also represents a tenfold increase compared to 2011, the official added, with FTTH accesses representing 56.4% of broadband subscriptions at end-2015 compared to 23.5% and 19.0% for DSL and LAN respectively. Despite the success of the fibre rollout and the high level of take up, only around 33.4% of Chinese broadband users had access to download speeds of 20Mbps or more, leaving ‘much room for improvement,’ Ao Li commented.