Global fixed broadband market has grown steadily in 2010
The global fixed broadband market has grown steadily in 2010 in terms of subscriber additions as well as service revenue. The DSL platform still commands the largest share of the fixed broadband market. Nearly 60 percent of fixed broadband service revenue comes from DSL platforms.
Fiber optic broadband adoption has been growing fast in 2010. Fiber optic broadband can provide speeds high enough to offer consumers advanced services such as IPTV, video on demand, and other interactive applications. In order to meet these services’ speed requirements, operators are accelerating fiber broadband rollouts, said the research firm.
ABI Research expects that fiber broadband services will generate revenue of more than $30 billion during 2011. Customer demand is driving the push for faster and more reliable broadband access.
For example the leading UK broadband operator, Virgin Media, has shown a 43 percent YoY increase in its high speed broadband service customer base. Broadband operators will need to continue innovating to improve broadband speed in order to maintain ARPU growth and reduce churn, added the research firm.
Jason Blackwell, digital home practice director at ABI Research, said: “Due to market saturation in most regions, DSL broadband’s growth rate is expected to slow, especially in those Western European countries where DSL penetration is greater than 50 percent.”
Khin Sandi Lynn, research associate at ABI Research, said : “According to ABI Research’s market data, fixed broadband service revenue should approach $186 billion by the end of 2011.”
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