Point Topic has released its global broadband subscriber research results, which show that fibre connections are rapidly eating into copper-based DSL’s market share.
The global broadband subscriber numbers research tracks the take-up of fixed broadband services at a country and technology level across the globe.
The research shows that at the end of March 2014, there were 690 million fixed broadband lines worldwide.
Growth for the quarter stood at 1.9%, which is the highest it has been for 12 months and a welcome increase on the previous quarter’s modest growth of 0.4%.
“We can expect to see continued growth in 2014 and 2015, with African and Middle Eastern countries featuring prominently,” Point Topic said.
Copper-based DSL losing ground
A key milestone was passed this quarter, with end-to-end copper connections accounting for less than 50% of the global fixed broadband market for the first time.
End-to-end copper continues to be the most dominant fixed broadband technology, although the total subscriber numbers for this technology continue to fall.