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Asia adds 53% broadband lines in Q1 10

Posted: 21 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband  DSL  IPTV  home networking 

According to Point Topic research, the figures show that global broadband lines now top 48.40 crore lines (48,47,88,597), representing a 3.12 per cent growth in the quarter and 12.41 per cent in the last 12 months to end of Q1. The first quarter growth rate increase shows a swelling of positive growth for worldwide broadband. At the same time the number of IPTV subscribers grew to 3.63 crore (36.3 million). China and the USA are the top two countries for both broadband and IPTV.

Broadband subscription enjoyed an upswing during Q1, supported in part by healthy DSL growth in every region, strong fibre rollouts in Asia and aggressive IPTV service offerings, according to Broadband Forum, in conjunction with research by industry analysts Point Topic.

Based on the research by Point Topic GBS database, Asia was responsible for more than 53 per cent of the broadband lines added, with mainland China alone accounting for 45 per cent of the total lines added worldwide in Q1. China continues to be at the top of the table in terms of broadband with continued healthy growth at 5.67 per cent in the quarter and 20.96 per cent in the twelve month period, taking it to 112,594,000 subscribers. This made China the fastest growing country in both percentage and in absolute terms in the first three months of 2010.

Six of the top ten countries improved their performance in Q1 10 compared to Q4 09. China, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, South Korea and Brazil all grew more quickly in Q1 10 against Q4 09.

"With all the recent technology advancements and service provider pushes, it is great to see how strong broadband continues to grow on a global basis and now backed by some major national government initiatives—we expect this to accelerate even more in the coming years," said Robin Mersh, chief operating officer of the Broadband Forum. "We are working on a wider range of activities than ever before to support our industry's ongoing commitment."

IPTV is certainly a big part of today's connected lifestyle. The 12 months from Q1 09 to Q1 10 saw global growth of 46 per cent in IPTV subscriber terms. This equates to 1.14 crore (11.4 million) new IPTV subscribers, the most rapid growth in any 12 month period yet recorded. In the first quarter of 2010 the world-wide IPTV market has grown by just 7.8 per cent and there are now 3.63 crore (36.3 million) IPTV subscribers as at March 31st 2010. IPTV penetration is therefore running at around 7.7 per cent of total broadband lines. This is significant penetration, given the established position of cable, DTT and satellite alternatives in many mature markets.

Europe, especially France, continues to lead the IPTV subscriber market in total subscribers and continues to grow quickly. Regionally Asia is beginning to challenge that global dominance by adding approximately 29 lakh (2.9 million) customers over the last year, and 12 lakh (1.2 million) in the last quarter alone. This has resulted in Asia increasing its regional share of the market to 32.4 per cent—almost one-third of the global market.

China was the top IPTV growth market with over 50 lakh (five million) lines, with South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong also among the top 10 countries. The Americas grew to 18.17 per cent market share, representing the only other region to increase its share in the quarter, while the Middle East and Africa is beginning to show serious growth for the first time as numbers from the UAE and Egypt contributed to a record quarter.

DSL continues to be the most popular access technology for broadband. Fibre continues to grow quickly, and the figures for Q1 2010 show that Asia now has over 5 crore (50 million) fibre subscribers. The growth in fibre is expected to be the dominant theme over the next few years although DSL still has its place particularly in the second wave broadband countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, as does wireless particularly where the geography of a country makes fixed connections more difficult.

New initiatives were launched this week, as the Broadband Forum collaborated with two organisations to expedite this fibre growth as well as establish new efforts to empower the connected home.

The first co-hosted GPON conformance and interoperability test event with Full Service Access Networks was held this week at the University of New Hampshire.

New collaboration agreement was signed with the HomeGrid Forum, following the approval of the ITU-T G.hn standards for home networking, focused on developing a joint G.hn conformance and interoperability program.





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