More than 1/3 of the world’s households will have a fixed broadband connection by the end of 2012.
According to US firm ABI Research, which is forecasting there will be 618.7mn subscribers to fixed broadband services by the end of 2012, up 7.3% from one year previously.
The growth is expected to come from all the fixed broadband platforms: DSL, cable, and fibre-optic broadband. DSL broadband subscriptions grew 1.2% on a sequential basis in the second quarter of this year (adding 4.3mn subscribers), compared to sequential growth of 1.5% for the first quarter, and suggesting that DSL subscribers are shifting to other alternative platforms such as fibre, according to ABI Research.
“Development of next-generation broadband networks is creating opportunities to upgrade customers to fibre optic,” said Jake Saunders, Vice President and practice director of core forecasting. “Fibre optic broadband’s market-share is expected to increase to 13.2% by end-2012 from 12% in 2011, while DSL market-share will decline nearly 1% point from 64% in 2011.”
North America is believed to have the highest fixed broadband penetration around the world, with 72.4% of households using broadband services, although Western Europe had nearly caught up by the end of June, adding 1.2mn subscribers in the preceding three months, resulting in a penetration rate of 72%.