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There are now more than eight million fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband subscribers in Europe, a new report has indicated.

According to the FTTH Council Europe, there were 8.1 million households and businesses taking advantage of the high-speed broadband technology in December 2010.

The organisation said that 33 million homes are now within reach of FTTH broadband network, which should mean sustained growth in subscriber numbers.

Lithuania currently has the highest penetration rate (calculated per head of the population) at 23 per cent, with Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Slovakia and Russia following.

Roland Montagne, Director of IDATE's Telecoms Business Unit, told that steady growth was being seen in the market.

"This is being spurred largely by Eastern European countries, and especially Russia," he noted.

"European incumbents are becoming increasingly involved in FTTH, and nearly all have rollout plans or are already deploying fibre on a large scale."

Earlier this week, it was announced that UK internet service providers TalkTalk and Sky are to conduct a joint FTTH trial in north-west London, in a bid to better understand the mechanics of the technology.

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