According to a recent report by ABI research, more than one-third of world’s total households will have a fixed broadband connection at the end of 2012.The report found that the worldwide fixed broadband market is growing across different regions to reach 618.7 million subscribers at the end of 2012.
All the fixed broadband platforms: DSL, cable, and fiber-optic broadband, have contributed to this growth. In 2Q-2012, DSL broadband subscription grew 1.2% from 1Q-2012, adding 4.3 million subscribers. The Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) growth rate was 1.5% in the first quarter. A slower QoQ growth rate indicates that DSL subscribers are shifting to other alternative platforms such as fiber optic.
North America has the highest fixed broadband penetration around the world, with 72.4% of households using broadband services. By the end of second quarter, Western Europe added 1.2 million subscribers, resulting in a penetration rate of 72%. Subscriber base of key broadband operators in Western Europe such as British Telecom, Deutsche Telecom, and Iliad Telecom increased more than 1% from the first quarter. The majority of the North American operators grew about 0.8% from the first quarter except Cox Communications which grew approximately 3%.
Increasing penetration of connected devices, applications, and services over broadband access continue to drive adoption of high-speed broadband services. Khin Sandi Lynn, research analyst said,“As broadband operators upgrade their networks, customers are snapping up the faster services. At the end of 2Q-2012, more than 44% of total customers subscribe to a broadband service of 10 Mbps and above.”