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Global fibre broadband subscriptions to double by 2016
|19 июля 2011|
The number of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers worldwide is expected to double over the next five years, driven by uptake in Asia-Pacific, according to ABI Research.The analyst firm said late last week that currently around 69.6 million of the world's 539 million fixed broadband customers are FTTH users, but by 2016 that figure will have reached 142 million, as service providers roll out new networks in a bid to cope with surging Internet traffic.
ABI Research said North America currently has the highest FTTH penetration in the world, followed by Asia-Pacific, and it is the latter region, particularly China, that is expected to drive subscriber uptake going forward.
"As an example, China Telecom is deploying fibre optic broadband aiming to serve 100 million households and 30 million FTTH subscribers by the end of 2015," said ABI Research, in statement.
30 million represents a small proportion of the overall population, and it is low-penetration markets like China and India that ABI expects to show the fastest growth.
However, ABI's estimates are more conservative than predictions made by French research firm IDATE, which in June said the number of FTTH/B subscribers will reach 227 million by 2015.
Like ABI Research, IDATE expects Asia will be a huge market for fibre broadband. Of the 493 million homes that will have access to FTTH/B networks by 2015, more than half are expected to be located in Asia.