Global broadband stats: FTTH making waves

Point Topic has released its latest global subscriber numbers, showing that there were 655 million fixed broadband subscribers at the end of March 2013.

In the first three months of the year over 12.5 million new broadband lines were added globally.

Quarterly growth at the end of Q1 2013 was 2.0% and broadly consistent with growth in the previous three quarters.

Compared to the same period last year, subscriber numbers have grown by nearly 8%.

The following chart provides an overview of the growth of fixed broadband subscribers globally.

Global broadband statistics
Global broadband statistics

Broadband subscriber numbers by technology

Copper based technologies (DSL, ADSL and ADSL2+) continue to be the dominant technologies for broadband access. However, DSL subscriber numbers continued to drop in 2013.

Fibre technologies continue to dominate the overall trends in growth, with fibre (FTTH and FTTx combined) experiencing a growth of 9.8% within the quarter.

The overall market share of fibre technologies is now 22%, making fibre the second most popular access technology after copper.

The market share for cable remains static at around 19%, as both cable and fibre take subscribers from copper services.

Broadband growth by technology
Broadband growth by technology

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Global broadband stats: FTTH making waves