Global broadband subscriber base reaches 600 million mark, Asia leads the growth

Telecom Lead Asia: With the addition of 16 million new
broadband subscribers in the first quarter of 2012, the Global Broadband
subscriber base has crossed 600 million mark. The growth represents a quarterly
rise of 2.7 percent and an annual increase of 11.48 percent.


Broadband industry analysts Point Topic said that
over 100 million new lines or 20 percent of the total base were added in less
than 18 months.


It is just 18 months since we celebrated the 500 million
subscriber watershed and even less time since IPTV subscribers reached 50
million – yet in both cases growth is still accelerating. It is especially
rewarding to be making this announcement in Asia, which has contributed so much
to fuelling this phenomenal success,” Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum.


Broadband Forum reinforced importance of standards-based
deployment and interoperability initiatives with new TR-069 testing and
continuing G-PON certification.


The research firm added that the growth was mainly driven
by Asia, led in both broadband and in IPTV by China.


During the first quarter, Asia had 262,080,147
subscribers in total, added 8,575,397 new lines at a growth rate of 3.38
percent in the quarter and 15.19 percent in the year.


Russia, Brazil and India all continue to show above
average growth rates both in the quarter and annually, with Ukraine and Turkey
also showing high growth.


 China posted annual growth of 19.17 percent or 26.4
million annual addition.  The highest annual growth rates are Russia’s
27.43 percent and Ukraine’s 26.82 percent, with China, India and Brazil also
posting double-digit annual increases.


The five Asian countries in the top 20, together serve
239 million broadband subscribers more than one-third of the global total.


The firm revealed that IPTV has 65.6 million subscribers,
up 3.8 million in the quarter. 


The Asian market is growing fast, as China added over
three times as many IPTV subscribers in the quarter as any other country.


Country

2011Q1

2011Q4

2012Q1

% growth qtr

% growth yr

qtr add

yr add

China (all territories)

137,919,667

157,513,413

164,360,777

4.35%

19.17%

   6,847,364

   26,441,110

USA

88,787,828

91,631,760

93,264,503

1.78%

5.04%

   1,632,743

     4,476,675

Japan

34,555,100

36,695,200

37,012,100

0.86%

7.11%

      316,900

     2,457,000

Germany

27,317,300

28,499,900

28,877,600

1.33%

5.71%

      377,700

     1,560,300

France

21,722,400

22,766,200

23,122,600

1.57%

6.45%

      356,400

     1,400,200

Russia

16,606,900

20,376,855

21,161,900

3.85%

27.43%

      785,045

     4,555,000

UK

19,911,100

20,736,500

21,093,600

1.72%

5.94%

      357,100

     1,182,500

South Korea

17,399,028

17,915,007

18,096,027

1.01%

4.01%

      181,020

         696,999

Brazil

14,489,600

16,518,500

17,107,500

3.57%

18.07%

      589,000

     2,617,900

Italy

13,373,650

13,781,650

13,870,650

0.65%

3.72%

         89,000

         497,000

India

11,500,493

13,333,827

13,697,791

2.73%

19.11%

      363,964

     2,197,298

Mexico

11,738,149

12,487,401

12,740,353

2.03%

8.54%

      252,952

     1,002,204

Spain

11,266,692

11,610,284

11,777,921

1.44%

4.54%

      167,637

         511,229

Canada

10,661,316

11,083,633

11,166,932

0.75%

4.74%

         83,299

         505,616

Turkey

7,211,035

7,507,829

7,777,829

3.60%

7.86%

      270,000

         566,794

Netherlands

6,326,100

6,622,400

6,719,500

1.47%

6.22%

         97,100

         393,400

Australia

5,662,200

5,781,200

5,853,800

1.26%

3.38%

         72,600

         191,600

Poland

5,395,267

5,708,229

5,803,689

1.67%

7.57%

         95,460

         408,422

Taiwan

5,281,000

5,589,000

5,695,597

1.91%

7.85%

      106,597

         414,597

Ukraine

4,330,000

5,216,000

5,491,500

5.28%

26.82%

      275,500

     1,161,500

 

Fiber showing strong growth


Technology

2011Q1

2011Q4

2012Q1

Quarter % growth

Year % growth

qtr. add

yr. add

DSL

344,027,755

361,467,393

369,898,515

2.33%

7.52%

8,431,122

25,870,760

FTTx 
(Inc. FTTx+ VDSL, LAN etc.)

66,358,688

84,036,652

87,732,354

4.40%

32.21%

3,695,702

21,373,666

Cable Modem

108,785,269

115,747,347

118,005,682

1.95%

8.48%

2,258,335

9,220,413

FTTH

13,319,735

15,661,500

16,519,984

5.48%

24.03%

858,484

3,200,249

 

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