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Broadband dominated by China, in IPTV Europe still leads

The Broadband Forum has published numbers collected by UK broadband researcher Point Topic, which say that Asia now dominates Broadband lines with a 4

By PETER WHITE

Published: 23 June, 2011

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The Broadband Forum has published numbers collected by UK broadband researcher Point Topic, which say that Asia now dominates Broadband lines with a 48% market share and 226 million lines, now far ahead of both Europe with 160 million and the Americas with 138 million lines. The total number of installed broadband lines at the end of Q1 was 540 million globally.

The Asian broadband population is growing at some 16% a year plus while Europe and the US move at the more pedestrian pace of 9.2% and 8.55% respectively. Even Middle East and Africa is growing faster at 11.5% but this is from a tiny 16.5 million base.

In total, broadband lines increased by 15.2 million subscribers in the first three months of this year, around 2.9%, the biggest quarterly increase in the last two years and representing an annual growth rate of 11.93%.

The strong Asian growth is due in large part to the continuing success in broadband in China with 42% of the net additions to the total global broadband subscriber numbers coming from China and its territories.

Commenting on the global broadband growth and the changing country performances, CEO of Point Topic Oliver Johnson said: “There is increasingly keen competition to be in the global Top Ten of broadband countries. As India and Mexico jostle to break into the charts it is likely that Italy will drop out, probably before the end of the year.”

IPTV, reliant as it is on broadband installs, has also continued to grow, up 34% in the 12 months to 31 March 2011, a 6.4% increase in the quarter. Total IPTV subscriber numbers have now reached 48.2 million at the end of the first quarter. France still heads the table of Top Ten Countries with China a close second and Taiwan also on the leader board in ninth place.

Europe continues to be the largest region with over 21 million subscribers, but Asia is catching up fast with 18 million and both China and Taiwan showing growth of over 50%. Of the 2.9 million `new subscribers added this year (Q1 2011), 1.4 million came from Asia.

In terms of access technologies, fiber, including various hybrid DSL/fiber rollouts, is by far the fastest growing with over 20% increase in its subscriber base in the last 12 months, but DSL and cable are still growing.

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