Although Europe remains the largest region for IPTV with over 21 million subscribers, Asia is fast gaining ground with 18 million users. Taiwan made the Top 10 chart for the first time with 850,000 users, while South Korea and Japan, which stood at third and fourth place, had 3.98 million and 2.87 million users respectively.
The global figure for IPTV now stands at 48.2 million. The technology enjoyed 34% year-on-year growth globally, and 1.4 million of the 2.9 million new subscribers added in Q1 hailed from Asia.
Asia remains the fastest growing broadband region, with a 16.21% increase over last year. Subscribers in Asia now comprise 42% of the global total, up from 40% last year.
The first three months of the year saw 42% of global net additions come from China, Hong Kong and Macau.
“Asia is doing a bang up job for broadband growth. “India’s broadband usage grew 6.4% in Q1 alone to reach 10.7 million users, which is remarkable.”
Other fast growing countries in Asia were Thailand and Indonesia, which registered yearly growth rates of 66.53% and 39.4% respectively.
Although DSL continues to be the most widely used broadband technology with 64% of the global total, the Broadband Forum observed impressive growth for fiber usage, which included various hybrid DSL cum fiber rollouts. The subscriber base for fiber grew nearly 20% in the past year to hit 76.2 million.