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Many global leading organisations have now publicly acknowledged the enormous importance of well developed broadband infrastructure for a sustainable future in terms of the economy, society and environment. As a result, there is much government encouragement to now build and improve upon broadband infrastructure in many parts of the world. This is also leading to an increasingly competitive environment with the cable operators, incumbents, mobile operators and alternative players all vying for a slice of the market.
Contributing to global fixed broadband growth is also the increasing appetite for bandwidth which is led by the emerging markets of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Fibre networks have become a key investment area and most international high-speed broadband network projects are now based around FttP.
Most of Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and many of the Arab oil states are now reaching FttP penetration levels of more than 50%. Even countries such as Estonia, Lithuania and Bulgaria are rolling out FttP at an ever-increasing speed. Unlike the US market, where cable internet access plays a prominent role in developing the fixed broadband market, DSL was the initial driving force behind fixed broadband growth in China, followed later by EPON fibre and now GPON fibre.
This report provides a valuable overview and analysis of the global broadband market, supported by key broadband statistics. The report identifies the leading broadband markets and provides important information surrounding global broadband subscribers, access technologies, speeds and pricing.
In terms of broadband access technologes FttX now accounts for the largest market share worldwide at the expense of DSL which is in decline.
Global broadband prices are declining in many markets around the world, making it more affordable and more obtainable to the greater population.
South Korea is the most penetrated broadband market in the world, with over 39% population penetration.
South Korea also continues to offer some of the fastest speeds worldwide. Other countries demonstrating high speeds include: The Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Hong Kong, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Singapore.
The Broadband Commission found that there was recent evidence that disparities in revenues and CAPEX were beginning to arise between the various players in the broadband sector.
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