Global broadband subscribers to reach 676 million in 2012

As per the report, the number of broadband subscribers worldwide will amount to 949 million by 2015, up 58 percent from 2011. The global broadband subscriber base is set to grow by nearly 60 percent in the coming years.

Lee Ratliff, senior analyst for broadband and digital home at IHS, said: “Global broadband subscriber activity serves as a long-term barometer of the overall health of the broadband industry, as well as an accurate prognosticator of prospects for the space’s associated markets in broadband equipment and broadband-related semiconductors.

“With demand for internet access rising quickly in China as well as in other fast-growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region, the broadband supply chain is set for strong growth in the coming years.”

Together, China and the Asia-Pacific region accounted for a disproportionately large share of new subscribers in 2011 - China alone accounted for 38 percent of all new subscribers worldwide, followed by Asia-Pacific with 14 percent.

However, the growth of the Asian territory is bifurcated: Much-slower expansion in the future will occur in developed countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, compared to the rapid increase set to take place in developing areas such as China, India and Indonesia.

Still, Asia-Pacific is expected to expand at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16 percent overall from 2010 to 2015.

Growth also will be very fast in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the collective region of the Middle East and Africa known as MEA, with CAGRs ranging from 16 to 33 percent from 2010 to 2015.

Meanwhile, North America and Europe will see slower expansions in broadband subscriber numbers, with CAGRs of five and seven percent respectively during the same period.

In the US, broadband subscriber activity has been particularly dynamic, with telephone companies and traditional cable providers competing fiercely to win new customers.

As a result, traditional cable providers like Comcast and Time Warner have taken back the lead, accounting for as much as 58 percent of net additions in the region during the second quarter of 2011, the latest time that full figures are available.

For the broadband equipment market, the transition from broadband to much-faster wideband technologies has kept revenue growth healthy.

Among broadband technologies, asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) continues to account for more than half of all net additions in the world with 51 percent share in the second quarter of 2011, driven by demand in developing regions, particularly China and Latin America.

The combined market share of fiber technologies came in second with about 34 percent of the market, followed by cable modems at nine percent and the technology known as very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) with six percent.

In the broadband semiconductor market, Ikanos Communications from California continued to lose share as it shifted away from ADSL to focus on VDSL. The beneficiaries of such a development have been Broadcom Corporation and Germany-based Lantiq.

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.