Lithuania in the News
31st October 2010
Lithuania Remains Undisputed Broadband Leader in Europe
With the debate still raging in Australia about Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), it is very interesting to observe what is happening in Lithuania in this area. Lithuanian broadband capacity is advancing rapidly, poised to achieve a 50% connectivity of homes to its optical Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network by the end of 2010.

FTTH penetration table for Europe, June 2010. Photo courtesy ftthcouncil.eu

According to the latest figures just released (for June 2010), Lithuania maintained its huge lead in Europe at 21% FTTH household penetration. Its closest competitors in this area were Sweden (13%) and Norway (12%). It is interesting to note that of the seven countries in Europe with FTTH penetrations of more than 5%, five border the Baltic Sea – Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark (8%) and Estonia (5%). Other Baltic Sea neighbours of Lithuania score less than 5% - Finland (3%), Latvia (2%), Russia (2%), Poland (<1%), Germany (<1%). For comparison Australia also scores <1%.
World wide, Lithuania comes in at number 5, with South Korea leading the field with 53%, followed by Japan (35%), Hong Kong (34%) and Taiwan (29%). By the end of the year Lithuania expects its FTTH network to be extensively deployed in its major cities - with connections to households in Klaipėda at 95%, Vilnius (88%) and Kaunas (75%).

Further information:
www.ftthcouncil.eu   www.lrytas.lt 26/10/10
www.ozftth.blogspot.com   www.teo.lt/press/2363