13% Growth in Global Fixed Broadband Subscribers

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SINGAPORE - Although fixed broadband services are often eclipsed by the hype surrounding mobile broadband, fixed broadband subscriber adoption is still growing robustly. According to ABI Research, fixed broadband subscribers totaled 430.7 million in 2009, representing  a 13 percent increase over 2008.

“Fixed broadband is an attractive platform for the delivery of IPTV, gaming services with low latency, rapid access to Web content and secure access to nonbuilding access points (e.g. vehicular traffic monitoring units),” says Jake Saunders, VP for forecasting. “Technologies such as fiber to the home, VDSL and GPON are helping to keep fixed broadband relevant to end users both in the home and office.”

The DSL platform still dominates the market with 65 percent market share; cable and fiber represented 24 percent and 11 percent market share respectively in 2009. South Korea and Japan are the countries with highest fiber broadband penetration. In Japan, approximately 55 percent of broadband subscribers are using fiber broadband. In Korea, fiber broadband customers represent 49 percent of overall broadband users. ABI Research forecasts that fiber broadband subscribers will total almost 134 million by 2015, due to the growing customer demand for speed.

North America has the highest broadband penetration of any region. According to analyst Khin Sandi Lynn, “We expect broadband penetration in North America to be accelerated by federal government initiatives which aim to roll out broadband access in rural areas of the U.S.”

ABI Research estimates that the number of  fixed broadband subscribers worldwide will rise by 3 percent on average every year to reach 548 million in 2015.

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