When Amsterdam, KPN and Reggefiber recently announced that they were close to entering Phase 2 of the munifiber build-out, they were somewhat secretive about the number of homes activated. A local journalist pulled it out of one of the managers: 3k, on a total of 43k, which makes a penetration rate of 7%. Since work started 3 years ago, that was a less than impressive number.
However, things need a little clarification, as an insider informs me. First, hooking up was made available just 2 years ago. Second, yes there have been all sorts of everyday problems in rolling out. Third, Amsterdam not only counts homes passed (43k) and homes activated (3k), but homes connected too. The latter number stands at 9k, for a penetration rate of 35%.
What a little PR can do.
Still, the number of homes passed would still be of interest to me. I guess we need some 'performance measurement' standards when it comes to measuring penetration rates.
Lastly, the FTTH Council numbers last week also build upon the number of homes passed. See this IDATE information to find out some detail on the number of subscribers (= homes activated). The Netherlands stand at 350k homes passed and 29% (101.5k) of that as homes activated.