One Third of Global Population Will Be Connected via Wireline Broadband in 2012

Fixed broadband will continue to grow worldwide, reaching 618.7 million subscribers by the end of 2012, a 7.3% year-over-year (YoY) annual increase. More than 1/3 of total world population of households will have a fixed broadband connection at the end of 2012, according to a new ABI Research report.

Fixed broadband platforms-DSL, cable and fiber optic broadband-have all contributed to growth, with DSL broadband subscription increasing 1.2% YoY and 1.5% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) in 2Q with the addition of 4.3 million subscribers. Slowing quarterly growth in DSL subscribers indicates a shift to other platforms, such as fiber optic connections, according to market data from ABI Research's Broadband Database.

"Development of next generation broadband networks is creating opportunities to upgrade customers to fiber optic. Fiber optics broadband market-share is expected to increase to 13.2% by YE-2012 from 12% in 2011, while DSL market-share will decline nearly 1% point from 64% in 2011," commented Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of core forecasting.

Rapid uptake of the growing range of connected devices, applications and services over broadband access continue to drive high-speed broadband services adoption, ABI notes. "As broadband operators upgrade their networks, customers are snapping up the faster services. At the end of 2Q-2012, more than 44% of total customers subscribe to a broadband service of 10 Mbps and above," ABI research analyst Khin Sandi Lynn noted.

CHR Solutions clients are busily expanding their broadband networks. We're honored to be working with them and contributing to this global footprint of broadband connected homes. We recognize the challenges our clients face in bringing broadband to all of their customers and will continue to work closely with them on this important mission.


Written by Kevin Kutcher at 15:30

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