Originally published: February 6, 2010
Last updated: February 6, 2010 - 4:11pm
The number of fixed broadband subscribers will rise to 501 million at the end of 2014, according to new market data released by ABI Research.
Of those, about 106 million will subscribe to services delivered via fiber. Fiber broadband subscribers totaled 44 million at the end of 2009. The number of fixed broadband subscribers totaled more than 422 million at the end of 2009, a 9% increase from 2008.
ABI Research industry analyst Serene Fong notes that, "Broadband penetration continues to increase since more service providers are offering triple-play services and driving down access prices."
Among the three broadband technologies, 65% of worldwide fixed broadband consumers subscribe to DSL, 25% to cable and 11% to fiber broadband services. The number of fiber broadband subscribers is increasing fastest, showing a compound annual growth rate of 20% from 2008 to 2014.
The Asia-Pacific region has the highest fiber broadband penetration, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents nearly 84% of worldwide fiber broadband subscribers. South Korea and Japan have the highest fiber broadband penetration. NTT is the largest fiber broadband operator with approximately 12 million subscribers. In 2009, Western Europe had only about two million fiber broadband subscribers — a very low penetration compared to North America and Asia Pacific, although Western European countries are planning to accelerate fiber broadband penetration.
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