Lithuanian fixed line incumbent TEO LT has announced that the number of fibre-optic broadband subscribers has surpassed its DSL user base, seven years after the company began rolling out its extensive fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The company, which is more than 88%-owned by Sweden’s TeliaSonera, claims that its fibre internet services are currently used by more than 179,000 customers, compared to around 177,000 for DSL, and it expects the FTTx total to increase to over 300,000 in the next five to seven years. At present, the length of TEO’s fibre-optic network exceeds 63,000km. ‘Currently, we focus more on individual houses, mainly in the big cities and their suburbs,’ commented Darius Didzgalvis, chief technology officer of TEO, adding: ‘The fibre-optic network provides the opportunity not only to use the ultra-fast internet, but also to provide a wide range of high-quality services.’
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