In the global telecoms industry, it looks as though 2013 will be remembered as the year when construction of new Greenfield HFC networks came to a halt. Of course, there will still be upgrades to existing networks but the cost of fibre deployment – linked to its much lower operational cost – is now convincing cablecos and telcos alike to build new fibre networks wherever possible. This is not necessarily directly driven by customer demand, but by network costs and network efficiencies. There is increasing evidence (e.g. Netherlands, China, Japan, Korea, France, Israel, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden) that customers will come forward once affordable FttH services become available.
This report provides a valuable overview of the global broadband market including key global broadband statistics. The report identifies the leading broadband markets and provides key broadband statistics and forecasts including information on subscribers, access technologies, speeds and pricing. The report also includes a case study on Asia.
In 2013 there are around 2.7 billion fixed internet users worldwide and around 25% of these will have access to fixed broadband; With more and more video applications being used in ever increasing broader markets; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services; VDSL shipments have recently risen on the back of a rising number of network upgrades occurring in Europe; Broadband pricing differs according to technology and there are also regional variances; Vectoring technology is seen as an intermediate step to full FttH networks.