One year ago, at the FTTH Conference 2011 in Milan, there was great excitement about how the new Digital Agenda targets could catalyse the market for fibre to the home (FTTH).
The target for availability called for every citizen in Europe to have access to 30Mbps broadband by 2020. The target around uptake was even more ambitious: the European Commission wanted half of all subscribers to be taking 100Mbps services by 2020. As Chris Holden, president of the FTTH Council Europe, pointed out at the time, such a high penetration would require almost ubiquitous availability of 100Mbps services – something that FTTH is well placed to deliver.
So how are things looking one year later?