Monday, June 21, 2010

Point Topic: Broadband Growth Accelerated During Q1

According to recent data from Point Topic - "As of 31 March 2010 there were 484 million broadband subscribers in the world. This is an increase of 14.7 million lines in the first three months of the year which represents growth of 3.12% making Q1 2010 the best quarter for broadband for 12 months."

See "Broadband world growth accelerates after the doldrums of 2009" - here.

Analysis by access method, shows that "Although fibre makes a strong showing many deployments are actually hybrids of fibre and DSL or ethernet, using either VDSL or some form of LAN for the last few hundred metres."

Fiona Vanier, Senior Analyst at Point Topic says “It’s very expensive to deploy fibre all the way to the premises. More cost effective is to get fibre as far as the local node and then use copper or ethernet cable, often already present, to deliver broadband. These hybrid deployments often have characteristics closer to a fibre line than DSL with better upstream speeds, higher downstream speeds and better latency than without the optical component. So although these tariffs can’t deliver gigabit speeds they are part of closing the fibre gap to the premises and lay the groundwork for future expansion,

Related post - "OECD Broadband Statistics" - here

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