Luxembourg Shows Saturation in Broadband Coverage

The telecommunication regulator in Luxembourg, ILR says the country had achieved nearly 100 percent coverage of broadband services at speed of 30 Mbps and above by the end of June this year. The regulator disclosed the most recent statistics revealing the facts about the availability of broadband services in the country. According to the authority, approximately 270,000 premises were eligible for very high speed services at the end of June, which is a positive growth of 1.89 percent on 260,000 a year earlier.

Multiple broadband access technologies are in practice in the country. In Luxembourg, many houses and businesses are served by different access technologies. Overall, there were 227,700 premises eligible for VDSL, which is an increase of 2.94 percent compared to the previous year. Fiber-Coaxial systems showed a 13.33 percent growth this year when reaching to 170,000 subscribers. Passive Optical Network (PON) based fiber optic broadband access technology, which is based on the P2M (Point to Multi-point) has recorded a growth of 4.1 percent with a subscriber base of 68,500 numbers.

Point to Point or P2P access network technology is mainly used by enterprise subscribers. Such customers require higher bandwidth to be delivered to their premises from the central office of the service provider. In P2P networks, splitters are not used, unlike the P2M networks. The use of splitters reduces the optical power and hence the bandwidth delivered to the end-user. Most of the business customers rely on P2P broadband access solutions. In Luxembourg P2P based FTTH has shown an incredible increase of 81.67 percent to reach 43,600. The roll-out of Docsis 3.0 Fiber access is almost completed in the country.

The regulator counts the subscribers demanding more than 30 Mbps as high speed customers. According to ILR, Luxembourg had 74,500 very high speed customers at the end of June, up by 7,600 in six months and by 17,400 in a year. While the high speed subscribers increased in numbers, obviously, as a consequence, the subscribers of 30 Mbps fell to 114,300. 30 Mbps broadband speed services lost 5,500 customers in the first half and around 11,200 in a year.

Post Telecom had 9,200 subscribers for broadband services at speeds between 30 Mbps and 100 Mbps, and 8,700 subscribers on 100 Mbps or higher at the end of June. Other operators had a 43.3 percent share on broadband speeds of above 30 Mbps. They had 2,600 subscribers on 30 to 100 Mbps fiber and 400 subscribers on 100 Mbps, 13,500 subscribers on 30 to 100 Mbps VDSL and 400 subscribers on 100 Mbps and above over VDSL and 11,900 subscribers on 30 to 100 Mbps over cable and 3,300 subscribers on above 100 Mbps over cable.

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