Fixed broadband and IPTV are both showing exceptional growth rates in Asia according to non-profit industry organisation the Broadband Forum.
With an increase of over 15.2 million subscribers in the first three months of this year, fixed broadband in the region grew by 2.9%. This was the biggest quarterly increase in the past two years and represents an annual growth rate of 11.93%, based on data prepared for the Broadband Forum by analyst firm Point Topic.
Meanwhile, IPTV in the region showed an increase of over 34% in the 12 months to the end of March 2011.
Asia remains the fastest growing region for broadband with 16.21% - almost double that of the Americas. Asia's fixed broadband subscribers now make up 42% of the global total, up from 40% last year, with Europe and the Americas behind with 30% and 25%, respectively. Emerging markets are also making strides, with the Middle East and Latin America advancing quickly.
Robin Mersh, chief executive officer of the Broadband Forum, spekaing at thsi year's CommunicAsia in Singapore said: “Broadband is showing healthy double digit growth and has increased its growth rate this year. This indicates how vital it has become to businesses, residential consumers and countries.”
The strong Asian growth is due in large part to the continuing success in broadband in China with 42% of the net additions to the total global broadband subscriber numbers coming from China and its territories (Hong Kong and Macau) in the first three months of 2011.
IPTV has continued to grow well, with 34% in the 12 months to 31 March 2011, a 6.4% increase in the quarter. Total IPTV subscriber numbers have now reached 48.2 million at the end of the first quarter 2011. France still heads the table of Top Ten Countries with China a close second and Taiwan also on the leader board in ninth place.
Europe continues to be the largest region with over 21 million subscribers, but Asia is catching up fast with 18 million and both China and Taiwan showing growth of over 50%. Of the 2.9 million new subscribers added this year (Q1 2011), 1.4 million came from Asia.