About Us


The Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Europe is a market development organization whose mission is to educate, promote, and accelerate the deployment of fibre in access and the resulting quality-of-life enhancements.

What does this mean?
For members it means that you will have an industry focal point where you can apply critical thinking to FTTH technologies and applications.  Using your input, we will keep members informed about industry trends, share success stories, and provide quality speakers through our speaker's bureau.


With the increased demand for larger files these days, the need for a system that can handle the increased data traffic is sorely needed. This means premium connectivity, and it appears that fiber optic service, or fiber-to-home broadband connection (FTTH) will be at the forefront, leading the way in advancements. Fiber optic connections for individual residences and businesses will provide more than enough capacity and speed to handle current applications and just about any type of workload in the future. Fiber optics will allow the transfer of digital information for data, telephone, video and other demands that require large bandwidth capacities at much faster rates and larger capacities. The future of enhanced communication has arrived.

Fiber optics refers to the physical cable that enters the household. Instead of coaxial or twisted paired cable feeds, fiber optics is optic based, allowing information to transmit using light signals. Data is separated by two types of systems: active and passive. Active systems use electronic-powered switching equipment, like a switch aggregator or router which oversees signal distribution and routes specific signals to customers. The switching device opens and closes to route incoming or outgoing signals to the proper source. An active system may have a fiber running directly into the house. Active systems have greater range than passive systems, negating the need to be close to the geographical data source.

The passive optical network (PON) has no electronic switching components and is managed by optical splitters. The splitters collect and separate optical signals while they travel through the network. The passive optical system shares certain strands for different segments of the network. Any powered equipment is contained at the signal source and receiving ends. This means added efficiency since each fiber strand can accommodate up to 32 users. They are less expensive that active systems and require less overall maintenance due to the lack of extra moving parts, giving them an advantage over the active systems that requires one switch per every 48 subscribers.

There are nearly 10 million homes and business that currently have FTTH connections and that number is expected to rise dramatically in the near and not-so-near future. It allows quicker connection speeds and huge leaps in carrying capacity over conventional DSL, twisted pair conductors or coaxial cable. A single fiber pair can handle over 2.5 million phone calls at the same time, as opposed to a single copper pair that can handle only six phone calls. This will meet or exceed the bandwidth capacity to carry increased consumer demands during the next ten years, when the expansion of 3-D hologram technology is expected to advance and become popular with high definition TV and games. Another advantage of FTTH is that while being “future safe”, it will be cost effective and affordable for all those who wish to switch to it or begin with it exclusively. Its projected data speed rate will be the neighborhood of 30-gigabyte-per-second.

The inspiring news is that FTTH will lead the way for new product creations that can take advantage of the faster and heavier data transfer capacities. New products and software will be invented. Consumers will have the option to bundle all of their communications services, like telephone, audio, video and television. An FTTH connection could handle just about any size data stream, negating the need for multiple service lines.

We checked the speeds of some random websites using a fibre optic connection, here are the results:

Financial Times 2.9 seconds
AdvanceLoan 0.98 seconds
Costco 1.8 Seconds
BBC 3.4 seconds
Wikipedia 2.14 seconds

We look forward to giving members opportunities to network and collaborate while providing consistent information from industry experts to each other, consumers, media, policy makers and analysts.








  • Supply a consistent and accurate view of FTTH


  • Promote FTTH market development


  • Be recognized by the industry as the FTTH resource


Member Benefits




  • Central point for FTTH information


  • Organizing FTTH conferences


  • Market projections


  • Influence broadband legislation


  • Speaking opportunities


  • Committee involvement


  • Networking with inter-industry experts