The UK has entered the global Fibre to the Home ranking for the first time.
According to new statistics from the FTTH Council Europe, the UK reached a penetration rate of 1.3 per cent and a take-up rate of 13.1 per cent since September 2017.
The report said Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Fibre to the building (FTTB) subscriptions grew by 83 per cent in the UK compared to September 2017 for a total of 369,250 subscribers. The Council said Ofcom has played a major role in promoting investments in FTTH/B across the country.
It predicts that the UK will continue to have strong growth in FTTH, overtaking France by 2025.
The report also found that the number of FTTH and FTTB subscribers in Europe increased by 15.7 per cent since September 2017 with more than 59.6 million FTTH/B subscribers in September 2018.
Although Russia is the leader in terms of FTTH/B subscribers in the European region, it has shown a lower growth rate compared to other European countries which the report said are catching up quickly with a 21 per cent growth.