Asia-Pacific to lead wireline broadband growth

Wireline broadband subscribers in Asia-Pacific will exceed 285 million in 2014.
Asia-Pacific FTTx (FTTH/FTTB) will lead the growth of wireline broadband and is
expected to exceed 129 million subscribers in 2014, with a CAGR of 26 percent
over four years, compared to 0 percent for DSL and 5 percent for cable modem.W

Ending 2010, four economies in
Asia-Pacific had more than 25% household penetration. South Korea, followed by
Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan tops the list,” said Julie Kunstler, Ovum
principal analyst and co-author of the study.

Though China’s FTTx household
penetration is still very low, the number of FTTH/B subscribers’ base was close
to Japan’s at year-end 2010, reaching almost 20 million subscribers. This leads
to substantial future growth in the region.

Despite a very low household
penetration of only 4%, China will take  first place for FTTH/B subscriber
base, which will exceed 74 million in 2014, representing almost 60 percent of
the FTTB/H subscriber base in the 16 economies,” Kunstler added.

Varying FTTH/B subscriber growth
rates across the economies are also noted, mainly due to broadband initiatives,
government policies, and population characteristics. The top four FTTH/B
penetration rate economies will continue to add FTTH/B subscribers, although at
lower rates while the other economies will have strong FTTH/B growth rates or
strong growth in both FTTH/B and mobile broadband.

Varying growth patterns across the
different countries in Asia-Pacific are seen, reflecting the diversity of the
region. For example, Australia’s FTTx CAGR from 2010 to 2014 will be very
high (180 percent) as they are starting from a low base and have plans for
significant investment (National Broadband Network), while Japan’s growth
will be lower (9 percent) since its existing base is very high.

 

By TelecomLead.com Team
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