Fixed broadband subscribers over one billion

October 24, 2018 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Fixed broadband subscribers over one billion
According to the Broadband Forum there are now more than one billion fixed broadband subscribers worldwide – an achievement that has been confirmed by leading market analysis firm Point Topic – following the release of their World Broadband Statistics Q2 2018 report which saw the number of fixed broadband subscribers grow by 2.5 per cent from Q1 2018, the highest surge in the last six quarters.

The report from Point Topic reveals the majority of new subscribers are now coming from less developed regions and countries. However, according to the report, growth in ARPU is being seen in developed markets, driven by improved offerings and services supported by gigabit-capable broadband.

The research also highlights that around 80% of global connections are fiber-based or cable-based, while ADSL connections are continuing to decline, having dropped eight per cent in the last year.

"There is no doubt that we have now hit one billion broadband subscribers, with the growth over 2018 being quite rapid," said Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic Ltd. "In more saturated broadband markets, operators are focusing on upgrades to support gigabit broadband as they prepare to meet the requirements of new technologies such as IoT and the needs of more demanding consumers.

"What is also interesting is that the number of broadband subscribers nearly exactly correlates with installations of the Broadband Forum's TR-069 protocol, which currently sits at nearly one billion deployments. This shows how critical broadband standards are and the important role TR-069 has played in fostering the ecosystem and creating the mass market that stimulated broadband innovation and subscriber adoption."

See https://point-topic.com/free-analysis/fixed-broadband-statistics-q2-2018 for the full Point Topic Report Q2 2018 report.

www.broadband-forum.org


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