2.7 Million Fiber Broadband Subscribers Added Globally in 3Q-2010

Friday, November 12th, 2010
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SINGAPORE — Global fixed broadband subscribers increased by 1.4% from 456.5 million in the second quarter of 2010 to 463 million in the third quarter of 2010, according to ABI Research’s most recent broadband subscriber Market Data. “DSL broadband remains the dominant platform, although there is strong growth in fiber broadband subscriptions,” says digital home practice director Jason Blackwell.

Among the fixed broadband platforms, the major subscriber net addition was in the fiber segment. There were 2.7 million fiber broadband subscriber net additions in the third quarter of 2010. In terms of total fiber broadband subscriptions, the Asia-Pacific region owns the lion’s share of the fiber broadband market representing more than 80% of the global total, followed by North America.

Except some countries such as Sweden, Italy and Norway, fiber broadband adoption in Western Europe lags behind Asia and North America. “In order to provide consumers with advanced services such as high definition movies, video on demand, and other interactive applications, Western European countries will need to improve existing broadband infrastructure to roll out fiber optics” says research associate Khin Sandi Lynn.

In terms of broadband penetration, North America and Western Europe have the highest fixed broadband penetration. Currently, broadband penetration in Latin America is low compared to other regions of the world. Brazil is the largest broadband market in Latin America with almost 20% broadband penetration. Brazil’s government has made plans to promote broadband access across the country by deploying a national broadband backbone and lowering prices, which have formed one of the barriers to broadband adoption in the country. Brazilian fixed broadband subscriber numbers are expected to reach 12.7 million by the end of 2011.

Broadband penetration is one of the essentials for economic development of a country, so many governments are planning to increase broadband penetration. ABI Research expects global fixed broadband subscriber numbers will exceed 491 million by the end of 2011.

ABI Research’s “Broadband Subscribers Market Data” study, which is updated biannually, profiles subscriber trends categorized by operator, by country, and by technology. Detailed market trends and market forecast information for key regions and countries around the globe are provided where available.

The database forms part of the company’s Connected Home Research Service.