Q1: 10MN new FTTH subs aids China's IPTV prospects

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 17 July 2015

East Asia has risen to the top of the global league in net additions of broadband users in the first quarter of 2015, with China bringing ten million new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers to the IPTV party.

The total number of global fixed broadband subscribers reached 720 million by the end of March 2015, according to research from Point Topic. Growth was 0.3% greater than that of the preceding quarter.

As well as Chinese growth, the US saw new broadband subscriptions thanks to well-performing cable operators during Q1. East Europe and Asia overall, however, had lower quarterly additions compared to those gained in Q4 2014.

The penetration of broadband per population is on the whole highest in Europe, say the researchers, due mainly to the region's relatively small households, as well as high availability and low cost of services. Norway heads the list with 47.4% of the population subscribing, followed by Switzerland (44.9%), Denmark (43.5%), Netherlands (41.3%), and France (40.8%). South Korea (with 38.1%) and Hong Kong (with 37.6%) boast the next highest broadband penetration rates.

The Point Topic research is based on the analysis of several hundred ISPs from 118 countries.