FTTP to Reach 13.2% of Total Fixed Broadband by End of 2012

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SINGAPORE - The fixed broadband market continues to grow worldwide and will increase 7.3 percent this year to reach 618.7 million subscribers at the end of 2012 - more than one-third of the world's total households. According to research firm ABI Research, by the end of 2Q2012, more than 44 percent of all fixed broadband customers subscribed to a broadband service of 10 Mbps or higher speed.

Increasing penetration of connected devices, applications and services over broadband access continue to drive adoption of high-speed broadband services. “As broadband operators upgrade their networks, customers are snapping up the faster services,” notes Khin Sandi Lynn, ABI Research analyst.

Growth is taking place across all platforms - DSL, cable and fiber optic broadband - but at different rates. DSL is growing relatively slowly - in 2Q2012, DSL broadband subscriptions grew 1.2 percent, adding 4.3 million subscribers or 1.5 percent quarter over quarter. This relatively low growth rate indicates that DSL subscribers are shifting to other platforms, particularly FTTH. Fiber broadband market share is expected to increase to 13.2 percent by yearend 2012 from 12 percent in 2011, while DSL market share will decline nearly 1 percentage point from 64 percent in 2011.

Penetration Rate Highest in North America
North America has the highest fixed broadband penetration, with 72.4 percent of households using broadband services. By the end of the second quarter, Western Europe had almost caught up with the penetration rate of North America. The region added 1.2 million subscribers in 2Q2012, resulting in a penetration rate of 72 percent.


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