Worldwide broadband subscriptions will reach 415 million in 2008, representing one billion discrete broadband users, according to Strategy Analytics. The number of broadband subscriptions will continue to grow to 621 million by 2012.
While DSL remains the dominant access technology, accounting for two-thirds of worldwide subscriptions, newer access technologies are taking hold.
“Fibre and WiMAX will increasingly displace traditional broadband access technologies, such as DSL and Cable,” said Ben Piper, Director of the Strategy Analytics Broadband Network Strategies service. “This phenomenon is punctuated by the Asia Pacific region, where WiMAX is expected to grow from 4.8 million subscriptions in 2008 to 23 million by 2012.”