The number of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband connections continued to increase over the second half of last year, it has been reported.
Latest figures published by IDATE Consulting indicate that there were 41 million individual global connections at the end of 2009, up 16 per cent on the second quarter of the year.
FTTH coverage continued to increase in most parts of the world in terms of subscriber numbers and homes passed, the firm stated.
IDATE forecasts that 306 million homes around the world will have access to the technology by 2014.
Roland Montagne, head of IDATE's Telecom Business Unit, commented: "Beyond these figures that reflect the current situation, there have been several announcements from private operators and governments that have confirmed the interest in very high-speed access in most parts of the world."
The firm reports that Japan currently has the most FTTH broadband subscribers (17,140,000) ahead of South Korea (9,228,300) and the USA (5,700,000).