Thursday, July 14, 2011

ABI Research: 539 Million Fiber Broadband Subscriptions Worldwide

There were more than 539 million fixed broadband subscribers globally at the end of second quarter, an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2010, according to ABI Research. The increase is driven in part by emerging markets.

At present, North America is the region with the highest fiber optic broadband penetration followed by Asia-Pacific. Extending fiber broadband coverage not only increases speed but also allows the roll out of services including video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double in 2016 to 142 million subscribers, from 69.6 million in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is seeing strong subscriber growth, due in particular to the increasing number of subscribers in China. About 17 million Chinese subscribers have been added since the second quarter of 2010.

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