Fiber-optic Broadband to Represent 19% of Global Fixed Broadband Subscriptions by Year-end 2013, Says ABI Research

  Fiber-optic Broadband to Represent 19% of Global Fixed Broadband
  Subscriptions by Year-end 2013, Says ABI Research

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SINGAPORE -- August 19, 2013

Worldwide fixed-line broadband subscriptions continue to grow at a healthy
pace in 2013. According to ABI Research’s “Broadband Subscribers” Market Data,
fiber-optic broadband market share will reach 19% by year-end 2013, from 16%
in 2012.

“The number of broadband subscribers is growing on all DSL, cable, and
fiber-optic platforms. However, there is a marked shift in consumer adoption
from DSL to fiber-optic as operators continue to extend the reach of their
fiber-optic infrastructure,” said Jake Saunders, VP and practice director.

This trend is not only taking place in developed but also in emerging markets.
China is anticipated to see a declining trend in DSL broadband adoption in the
next few years as the country’s broadband operators, China Telecom and China
Unicom, aggressively roll out fiber-optic networks. In 1Q-2013, total DSL
subscriptions dropped by 3 million. In the same period, ABI Research has seen
fiber-optic adoptions grow from 32.9 million to 37.6 million. “ABI Research
expects globally 25.6 million fiber-optic broadband subscribers will be added
to eclipse 124 million subscribers in YE-2013. In the DSL broadband category,
subscriber net addition is expected to drop by ~50% compared to 2012,” noted
Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.

Fiber-optic to the home, or even to the curb, is not a viable solution in
every locale. In semi-urban and rural locales, routing fiber-optic is often
uneconomical. Recently broadband operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Telecom
Italia, and British Telecom are testing vectoring VDSL2 which can provide
broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps over copper network. Therefore, despite the
rapid growth in fiber-optic broadband service, DSL broadband platform will
remain as the dominate platform in the years to come.

ABI Research’s quarterly “Broadband Subscribers” Market Data profiles
broadband subscription by operator, country, and technology. Detailed market
trends and market forecast information for key regions and countries around
the globe are provided.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Broadband Subscribers Research
Service (

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