The number of households in Ireland using fibre broadband has increased from 2.8 per cent to 3.8 per cent this year, according to the latest figures from the FTTH Council. Last year, in the first year of joining, Ireland had a ranking of 1.7 per cent, as part of the FTTH Market Panorama.
With approximately 1.8 million households in Ireland, 69,000 are fibre infrastructure (FTTH) subscribers – in other words, nearly 17 per cent of all Irish households subscribe. The Market Panorama includes countries of +200k households of which FTTH/B subscribers represent at least one per cent of total households.
"Based on the above figures, it would seem that there is no real mass market appeal for fibre to the home, right now, said Niall Looney, operations director, 4site Networks, Limerick.
"However, the very same was said for electricity when introduced in the 1940s. ESB projected the take-up to be 30 per cent - it reached 60 per cent. Today it is a utility few could do without. And we expect superfast broadband to be the same.