Mobile broadband subscribers overtake fixed broadband

Market research firm Infonetics Research this week released its Fixed and Mobile Subscribers market forecast report, revealing that worldwide mobile broadband subscribers surpassed wireline broadband subscribers in 2010.

“Mobile broadband subscribers surpassed wireline broadband subscribers in 2010 (558 million versus 500 million), said Stephane Teral, Infonetics Research’s principal analyst for mobile infrastructure.

“Fixed-line services are not dead, though, especially with China giving a boost to the worldwide wireline broadband base with its massive fiber-based program led by the Chinese government, which has set a 20Mbps benchmark for all broadband subscribers, where most today receive 2Mbps to 3Mbps at best,” said Teral.

The report further forecasts that the number of mobile phone subscribers to grow to 6.4 billion in 2015, and that Asia Pacific accounted for nearly half of all mobile subscribers in 2010.

“The number of cellular mobile broadband subscribers jumped almost 60% in 2010 to 558 million worldwide and should top 2 billion by 2015,” the report states.

Infonetics Research predicts that access lines (residential, business, and wholesale PSTN, POTS, and ISDN connections) will continue declining, falling to 759 million worldwide by 2015.

“As access lines disappear, new forms of wireline broadband continue to thrive; the number of wireline broadband subscribers (DSL, cable, PON, Ethernet FTTH, FTTB+LAN) hit 500 million worldwide in 2010,” the report highlights.

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