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Asia Leads The World as Broadband Grows Four Percent Growth

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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  • Author: pradhana
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  • Filed under: Broadband

China increases lead but also strong growth in Australia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines

Today, at the CommunicAsia2009 Summit in Singapore, the Broadband Forum announced the latest broadband and IPTV statistics, which show impressive growth in the face of the global economic downturn. Its report, prepared for the Forum by industry analysts Point Topic (GBS database at http://point-topic.com/home/gbs/), shows that broadband grew by 16.6 million lines globally in the last quarter alone, with Asia leading the way.

Top 10 broadband countries

Broadband lines in the world now top 429.2 million and the last quarter shows growth slightly higher than the previous three month period. 20 countries grew by 10 percent or more in that time period. The biggest growth in the top 20 came from India at 13.4 percent, while the other large gainers were Ukraine (15.2 percent), Egypt (10.6 percent) and Mexico (10.3 percent). Of the total figure, China added 4.8 million lines, to top more than 88 million lines, and other fast growing countries in the region were India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and Singapore.

Asia country-by-country snapshot

Asia was again a major factor in the continued IPTV success story, with growth specifically in South and East Asia. The quarterly increase was 10.28 percent and showed a massive 91.28 per cent year-on-year increase. There are now nearly seven million lines of IPTV across Asia.

In terms of technology, DSL continues to be the most popular broadband access technology, although fiber grew by more than three million lines to reflect a 12.4 percent share of the market, while wireless showed a healthy proportionate increase of over one million lines to a total of 5.58 million.

Technology market share

“This report shows that despite the economic situation the world is facing, the demand for both broadband and IPTV continues at pace as people everywhere look to improve the quality and speed of their communications,” said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the Broadband Forum.

“The Forum continues to drive broadband innovation, and with the release of BroadbandSuite 3.0, which provides new IPTV management and fiber integration tools, we continue to ensure that the industry has all the tools and specifications it needs to optimize networks and to capture the full potential of broadband worldwide. Our capability is enhanced by the recent union with the IP/MPLS Forum, which gives us a much greater end-to-end capability to serve the industry.”

For further information about the Broadband Forum and BroadbandSuite 3.0 mentioned here, visit http://www.broadband-forum.org/. Insa/PR

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