Telecom Lead Asia: The number of fixed broadband
subscribers reached 586.7 million in Q1 2012. The segment generated service
revenue of $47.7 billion. The significant growth is despite a surge in mobile
broadband adoption globally.
ABI Research said driven by broadband deployments in
China and India, the Asia-Pacific broadband market is expected to grow faster
than other regions, generating service revenue of $92.2 billion in 2017.
Being driven by broadband deployments in China and
India, the Asia-Pacific broadband market is expected to grow faster than other
regions, generating service revenue of $92.2 billion in 2017,” said Khin Sandi
Lynn, research analyst, broadband.
In line with the growth of connected devices – PCs,
laptops, TVs and tablets – online applications and services including online TV
programs, video gaming, and video chatting are creating demand for high-speed
ABI Research said the fiber broadband market is
witnessing the fastest adoption as broadband operators continue to boost fiber
broadband deployment to satisfy the speed demand.
In Q1 2012, Asia-Pacific added nearly seven million
subscribers. The Chinese government allocated 80 percent of its $303 billion
infrastructure investment for broadband development. China Telecom plans to hit
100 million fiber broadband subscribers in 2015.
India government aims to achieve 175 million broadband
subscribers by 2017.
ABI Research said India’s target to achieve 175 million
broadband users seems aggressive. However, the ongoing cable digitalization
process, coupled with initiatives such as e-government services in banking,
education, and healthcare, will drive broadband uptake in India.