Global broadband subscriptions to hit 1bn by 2015

30 Jul 2010

The total number of broadband subcriptions worldwide will reach 1bn by 2015, according to a report by Strategy Analytics, which says DSL will remain the dominant platform for broadband access.

The Asia Pacific region — which today claims almost 45pc of all broadband subscriptions — will lead in subscriber growth, seeing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 18pc in the next five years.

DSL will remain the dominant access platform, though it will give way to fibre over the next five years. By 2015, one-quarter of broadband homes will connect via fibre, says the report. Service revenues will grow nearly 9pc over the forecast period, however average revenue per user (ARPU) will decline slightly.

“While broadband growth has been impressive, it is important to note that in 2010 more than 60pc of households worldwide have no access to the internet — much less broadband,” said Ben Piper, author of the report Global Broadband Forecast: 1H’10 and director of the Strategy Analytics Multiplay Market Dynamics service.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years