Fixed broadband subscribers to approach 1 bn in 2019 from 733 mn in 2014

Fixed broadband subscribers will grow to nearly 1 billion in 2019 from 733 million in 2014, said Infonetics Research, a part of IHS.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will be 5 percent from 2014 to 2019. The growth in fixed broadband services will be fuelled by China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

China Telecom is the worldwide broadband subscriber market share leader.

At present, Asia Pacific holds 50 percent of the world’s fixed broadband subscribers and continues to experience significant subscriber growth thanks to China, Southeast Asia and emerging markets where broadband penetration continues to increase.

Fixed Broadband Subscribers to Approach 1 Billion in 2019

Fixed broadband subscribers grew 8 percent in 2014 to 733 million. “The growth is a reflection of the importance of broadband connectivity in the daily lives of individuals and businesses, governments and other organizations.

Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS, said: “Consumers essentially saved the fixed broadband business by binging on Netflix and other streaming video services, and now broadband providers are consistently investing in higher-end FTTX and DOCSIS 3.0 technologies to keep those innovators happy.”

Though DSL remains far and away the largest technology choice for fixed broadband, subscriber growth is being driven by FTTH and DOCSIS 3.0.

FTTH subscribers increased 22 percent to more than 100 million in 2014.

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