FILE PHOTO: A man looks at his iPhone in Rome September 11, 2012.
REUTERS/Max RossiMILAN (Reuters) - The number of high speed fibre optic broadband lines in Europe is expected to more than double over the next six years from last year’s levels as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates demand for faster internet services, a study showed on Thursday.
Houses passed is an industry term meaning the potential number of premises a service provider could connect to high-speed fibre optic broadband.
According to the forecasts, the number of subscribers in the EU and Britain will increase to around 148 million in 2026 from 70.4 million in 2019.
Among factors boosting fibre-to-the-home adoption across Europe, the report cites switch off plans for old-copper networks and a strong commitment by governments to fibre optic rollout plans.
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