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Global - Broadband and FttH - Key Statistics and Insights


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The Asia-Pacific region has the highest fibre broadband penetration in the world, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents the majority of worldwide fibre broadband subscribers and is led by the key markets of China, Japan and South Korea. The European broadband market has seen a considerable evolution during the past two years or so, epitomised by the migration to higher-data services and from copper-based networks to fibre.

It has become well accepted that broadband offers enormous social benefits and in some cases becoming a human right. Broadband availability and speed are also strong drivers in an economy.

This report provides a valuable overview of the global broadband market including key global broadband statistics. The report also provides a more detailed look at the emergence of fibre-based access technologies (FTTx) including a high-level look at the various business drivers, future opportunities and business models. The report identifies the leading FttH markets and provides key FttH statistics and forecasts. The report is designed to provide current observations which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions.

Latest developments:

In 2012 there are around 2.3 billion households with Internet access and around 35% of these will have access to fixed broadband; With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services; VDSL shipments rose in Q1 2011 on the back of a rising number of network upgrades occurring in Europe.


1. Synopsis
2. The need for high-speed networks
2.1 Broadband drives the digital economy
3. FttH emerges as a serious broadband platform
3.1 FttH and stimulus money
3.2 Some of the world’s largest investors are moving into FttH
3.3 Broadband demand-side management
4. Global fixed broadband market summary
4.1 Wireless broadband
4.2 Broadband subscribers by access technology
4.3 Broadband pricing
4.4 Broadband speed
4.4.1 South Korea consistently a leader in broadband speeds
4.5 Broadband revenue
4.6 Global major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers
5. Leading markets
5.1 Asia
5.1.1 Can we afford to not move to FttH?
5.2 North America
5.2.1 USA
5.2.2 Canada
5.3 Europe
6. Market insights
7. Trans-sector approach to broadband infrastructure
8. Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
8.1 The submarine cable conundrum
9. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Table 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2012
Table 3 – Regional - Share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
Table 4 – Worldwide - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2010
Table 5 – OECD - Top 10 countries by fixed broadband subscribers – June 2010
Table 6 – Fixed broadband access among internet households – selected countries – 2006 - 2011
Table 7 – Market penetration of households with broadband access as a percentage of all households – selected countries – 2009 - 2011
Table 8 – Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions - 2011
Table 9 – Worldwide DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 10 – Worldwide - broadband market share by access technology – 2009 - 2011
Table 11 – OECD - Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2011
Table 12 – Worldwide – Number of FTTx subscribers – comparison of analysts’ estimates
Table 13 – USA; Europe; Asia-Pacific – number of FTTx subscribers – 2007 – mid 2011
Table 14 – Worldwide – Examples of top markets with FTTx penetration > 1% – 2007; 2009; 2011
Table 15 – OECD – Top 5 countries with most expensive broadband price per Mb/s – September 2010 - March 2012
Table 16 – OECD – Top 5 countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s – March 2012
Table 17 – Worldwide - Average entry level monthly broadband price by technology – Mid 2008 - 2010
Table 18 – Average broadband connection speed by top 10 countries – Q1 2011; Q4 2011
Table 19 – Worldwide - Average overall fixed broadband and upload speeds – 2008 - 2011
Table 20 –Worldwide – Total broadband services revenue –2008; 2010; 2012; 2014; 2016
Table 21 – Historical - Leading countries market share of fixed broadband services revenue – 2009
Table 22 – Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Table 23 – Countries with existing national policies to adopt broadband – 2012
Table 24 – Broadband lines, penetration and new lines per day – 2003 - 2011
Chart 1 – Worldwide Internet users – 2000 - 2012
Chart 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2012
Chart 3 – Worldwide DSL subscribers - 2000 – 2012
Chart 4 - Major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011
Exhibit 1 – Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
Exhibit 2 – Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
Exhibit 3 – Explanation: optical fibre
Exhibit 4 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009

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