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Summary
'FTTH/B Deployments in Asia Pacific: Keys to Enhancing Service Availability, Proposition and Uptake,' a Research Report by Pyramid Research, analyzes last-mile technology adoption trends and network deployment strategies, investments, stakeholders and best practices in the Asia Pacific region. The report also explores FTTx service positioning and pricing strategies as well as adoption and revenue trends across the region's diverse market environment, taking into consideration the impact of LTE availability on FTTx network investments. The report includes case studies of Australia's NBN and its wholesale partners, China Telecom, Korean incumbent KT and Telekom Malaysia.

Key Findings
- Asia Pacific (APAC) is the leading region for adoption of FTTH/B-based broadband services with an estimated total of 117.4m lines in 2014, or over 68% of global broadband lines. FTTH/B comprises 34% of the region's broadband accounts in 2014, and will account for more than half by 2018. The main driver of FTTH/B network expansion in the APAC region is governmental involvement, as a financial backer as well as a partner in the development of a robust ecosystem of market players, products and services as well as the creation of awareness for fiber-based services.
- We have identified three approaches to network deployment in the region: service provider-led deployments, public-private partnerships and government-led deployments. The latter two models, resulting in open-access networks, will lead the next wave of growth in FTTH/B broadband lines in the region.
- FTTH/B has seen highest penetration in developed markets, with Hong Kong and South Korea boasting the world's highest household penetration rates, but there are a bevy of fiber deployment projects underway in emerging markets in the region including China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. China presents the largest deployment scale in the region, reaching 200m homes by 2015.
- Despite the disparity in overall fiber uptake in the region, operators have largely done well in selecting areas for network deployment, boasting take-rates of over 40%.
- Growth opportunities are ripe in the enterprise market, particularly the SME market, for FTTx-based solutions including connectivity as well as cloud-based, hosted applications. While LTE poses a competitive threat for FTTx-based broadband access and has led to revised investment plans for FTTH/B networks, increased mobile data traffic presents a revenue opportunity: FTTx can be positioned as a backhaul solution for 3G / 4G base stations (Fiber to the antenna [FTTA]) and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Synopsis
“FTTH/B Deployments in Asia Pacific: Keys to Enhancing Service Availability, Proposition and Uptake,' a Research Report by Pyramid Research, is an assessment of FTTH/B deployments, service offerings and performance in the APAC region to date identifying what works and what doesn't and providing strategic insight for a growing market opportunity.

Japanese incumbent NTT was the first operator in the APAC region to invest in a FTTH/B network beginning in 2000. The region has come a long way since then, with deployments across developed and emerging countries in the region driving up the total FTTH/B lines to 117m in 2014, 34% of the total broadband lines. As fiber technology and deployment costs drop, expect operators across the region to roll out faster fiber connections and expand network coverage to satisfy expected consumer traffic over the medium and long term.

In this report, we analyze last-mile technology adoption trends and network deployment strategies, investments, stakeholders and best practices in the Asia Pacific region. We also explore FTTH/B service positioning and pricing strategies as well as adoption and revenue trends across the region's diverse market environment, taking into consideration the impact of LTE availability on FTTH/B network investments. The report includes case studies of Australia's NBN and its wholesale partners, China Telecom, Korean incumbent KT and Telekom Malaysia.
The report is organized as follows:

- Section 1 examines network technology, deployment and investment trends
- Section 2 provides a review of commercial strategies for FTTH/B service providers
- Section 3 incorporates network operator and service provider case studies from Australia, China, Malaysia, and South Korea
- Section 4 presents key takeaways from our analysis as well as Pyramid's recommendations.

Reasons To Buy
- The 'FTTH/B Deployments in Asia Pacific: Keys to Enhancing Service Availability, Proposition and Uptake' report provides a comprehensive examination of lessons learned and best practices from FTTH/B network deployments across Asia Pacific, which boasts the largest base of FTTH/B lines in the world, to help executives make informed network investment decisions, develop effective partnerships and alliances and optimize return on investment.
- This report provides a five-year forecast of FTTH/B lines, developed using Pyramid Research's rigorous bottom-up modeling methodologies, to enable executives to assess growth opportunities and position their companies for emerging trends in demand.
- The comparative analysis of commercial strategies including service portfolios, differentiation, positioning and pricing for FTTH/B, LTE, and other broadband technologies and key takeaways and recommendations will help network operators and service providers to develop innovative, effective business models to drive adoption of their fiber broadband offerings.

Table Of Contents

FTTH/B Deployments in Asia Pacific - Keys to Enhancing Service Availability, Proposition and Uptake
Table of Contents
Introduction
Global and regional fiber market context
FTTH/B market size worldwide 9
FTTH/B in the APAC region 10
Report scope and overview 12
Section 1: Network deployment and investment trends
Network deployments across the region 14
Last-mile technology trends 16
Network investment levels 17
Network deployment models and best practices 21
Network deployment timing, location and scale 23
Section 2: Services, pricing and performance
Service differentiation strategies 25
Broadband access services and bandwidth trends 26
Fiber-based services and applications beyond broadband access 27
Fiber broadband prices and operator strategies 31
Comparative analysis of fiber broadband ARPL 33
Service adoption trends and growth drivers 34
LTE impact on FTTH/B adoption rates 36
Section 3: Network operator and service provider case studies
Australia: NBN Co 41
China: China Telecom 46
Malaysia: Telekom Malaysia 50
South Korea: KT Corp 54
Section 4: Key findings and recommendations 59
Appendices
Companies mentioned 65
Sources and related research 66
About Pyramid Research

List of Tables
Exhibit 1: Fiber accounts and 2014 growth by region 9
Exhibit 2: Breakdown of global broadband lines, 2014 9
Exhibit 3: Broadband lines and FTTH/B share, Asia Pacific 10
Exhibit 4: FTTH/B lines household penetration 10
Exhibit 5: Drivers for FTTx deployments 11
Exhibit 6: A selection of FTTx network deployment projects across
the Asia Pacific region 14
Exhibit 7: FTTH network operators in emerging Asia 15
Exhibit 8: FTTH/B/P/C network architecture 16
Exhibit 9: Government investments in FTTx projects 17
Exhibit 10: Targeted urban centers in Phase 1 18
Exhibit 11: Malaysian govt. Phase 2 capex by location and technology 19
Exhibit 12: NBN Australia capex, 2011-2014 20
Exhibit 13: Capex per FTTH/B household, NTT, HKBN, and TM 20
Exhibit 14: Fiber network business models matrix 21
Exhibit 15: Data traffic, 2013-2018 23
Exhibit 16: Emerging services ? from triple-play to multi-play 25
Exhibit 17: Maximum bandwidth offerings on FTTH/B networks, September 2014 26
Exhibit 18: Services delivered over FTTH/B by category 27
Exhibit 19: FTTH/B residential applications by bandwidth requirements 28
Exhibit 20: FTTH/B business applications by bandwidth requirement 29
Exhibit 21: Public services delivered over FTTx 30
Exhibit 22: PCCW's broadband pricing by speed and technology 31
Exhibit 23: Iinet's pricing per Mbps 31
Exhibit 24: Average cost per megabyte per month fiber broadband by operator 32
Exhibit 25: Monthly ARPL, by service and country 33
Exhibit 26: Average LTE network speed by operator 33
Exhibit 27: FTTH/B share of total broadband accounts by country 34
Exhibit 28: % of FTTH/B homes passed that have signed up for service (take-rate) 35
Exhibit 29: LTE impact on fixed broadband 36
Exhibit 30: Net FTTH additions of NTT, 2011-2013 37
Exhibit 31: Fixed broadband net additions in South Korea, 2010-13 38
Exhibit 32: LGU+ fixed broadband subscriptions, 100Mbps vs total,
Exhibit 33: CT mobile plans available for FTTH bundling 39
Exhibit 34: CT FTTH average monthly price, stand-alone vs. mobile
Exhibit 35: Share of FTTH/B in total broadband lines in Australia,
Exhibit 36: NBN Co corporate capex plan 42
Exhibit 37: NBN Co wholesale pricing schedule 43
Exhibit 38: Telstra's fiber service pricing schemes 44
Exhibit 39: Iinet's fiber service pricing schemes 44
Exhibit40: Iinet and Telstra FTTH/B subscriptions, 2011-2014 45
Exhibit 41: Share of FTTH/B in total broadband lines in China,
Exhibit 42: China Telecom's capex breakdown by category, 2013 47
Exhibit 43: China Telecom's capex breakdown by category, 2014 47
Exhibit 44: China Telecom's FTTH/B access pricing schedule 48
Exhibit 45: China Telecom's FTTH/B subscriber lines and market
Exhibit 46: Share of FTTH/B in total broadband lines in Malaysia,
Exhibit 47: TM's total capex and share of capex toward high speed broadband, 2009-2013 51
Exhibit 48: TM's fiber triple play pricing schedule 52
Exhibit 49: TM's FTTH/B subscriber lines and revenue, 2010-2014 53
Exhibit 50: Share of FTTH/B in total broadband lines in South Korea,
Exhibit 51: KT's FTTx network rollout plan 55
Exhibit 52: KT's fixed network capex 55
Exhibit 53: KT's broadband access pricing schemes 56
Exhibit 54: KT broadband accounts by connection speed and % of total accounts, 2011-2014

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