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Analysis: Global fixed broadband 1bn by year end

April 1, 2019

According to Kagan, the global fixed-broadband market is on track to reach 1 billion subscribers by the end of this year, driven by unprecedented growth of fiber connections in Asia Pacific, particularly China.

At the end of 2018, broadband subscriptions reached 974.7 million while broadband household penetration reached 45.5 per cent, up from 43.2 per cent in 2017. However, household penetration is projected to remain under 50 per cent until 2025.

Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband subscriptions overtook DSL in 2016 to become the largest fixed-broadband platform on a global scale, accounting for 51.4 per cent of the total market by end-2018. It remains the fastest-growing fixed-broadband platform growing by 13.8 per cent year over year in 2018.

China and the US remain by far the largest fixed-broadband markets, together accounting for half (50.7 per cent) of the global total in 2018. China alone claims 40.1 per cent of the global total and 74.4 per cent of Asian broadband subs due to large-scale fibre deployments as part of the country’s national Broadband China project.

Singapore maintains the highest fixed-broadband household penetration in the world, at over 100 per cent.

DSL remains the dominant multichannel platform only in the Middle East and Africa, and Western Europe, while cable leads in North America and Latin America, and fibre subscriptions have overtaken DSL in Asia and Eastern Europe. China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US are the five largest fiber-optic markets in the world.

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