Research firm Point Topic released their global broadband statistics report for Q1 2012, revealing that there are over 600 million fixed broadband subscribers in the world.
“As at the end of March 2012 there were 612.6 million fixed broadband lines around the world,” the Point Topic report stated.
“This represents a 2.7% growth in the first quarter of 2012 and 11.5% in the 12 months since Q1 2011. This is primarily due to the invigorating addition of markets and countries where penetration is yet to achieve the level of the ‘mature’ countries and allows for faster initial growth.”
“Asia continues to dominate the regional view. Together the countries there have increased the regions market share by 0.14% in the quarter and this will accelerate in the coming quarters,” the Point Topic report stated.
“This doesn’t reflect an unhealthy set of markets in other regions, although they do exist, but it’s more about the relative saturation in Europe and North America in particular.”
The dominant story in access technologies continues to be FTTx, representing the various hybrid combinations of fibre and local loop solutions.
The cost effectiveness, from the operators point of view, and the significant increase in bandwidth over DSL in particular is hitting the sweet spot at the moment. FTTH is growing well from a small base but deployments are limited in most markets,” stated Point Topic.
DSL is the most popular access technology on a global basis, although its market share has dropped by 0.5% in the quarter there is a long way to go before the copper based access technology is overtaken.
Satellite and mobile, as the primary home broadband connection, are putting on subscribers at an increasing rate.
“This reflects the consumers’ desire for a broadband connection, even when the most cost effective fixed technologies aren’t available. The launch of the Ka band satellites in America and Europe are also making an impact,” stated Point Topic.