With the upcoming push towards 4G mobile broadband services by providers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless along with Verizon's winding down of FiOS fiber to the home services, some of us have been looking beyond fixed broadband service offerings towards an all mobile world. Well maybe some day but.... not so fast!
Fixed services are not going away according to a recent research report from ABI Research titled Broadband Subscriber Market Data. The report estimates that the number of worldwide fixed broadband subscribers will rise to 548 million in 2015, a 2010-2015 CAGR of 3%.
Here's more highlights from the report:
- Fixed broadband subscribers totaled 430.7 million in 2009 which represents approximately a 13% increase over 2008.
- Fixed broadband is an attractive platform for the delivery of IPTV, gaming services with low latency, rapid access to web content, and secure access to non-building access points (e.g. vehicular traffic monitoring units), Technologies such as fiber-to-the-home, VDSL and GPON are helping to keep fixed broadband relevant to end-users – both in the home and office.
- Fixed broadband services will continue to complement mobile broadband services with some carriers intending to use in-the-building broadband connection to hand off femtocell-connected wireless traffic.
- At present, the DSL platform dominates the market with 65% market share; cable and fiber represented 24% and 11% market share respectively in 2009.
- South Korea and Japan are the countries with highest fiber broadband penetration. In Japan approximately 55% of broadband subscribers are using fiber broadband. In Korea, fiber broadband customers represent 49% of overall broadband users.
- Growing customer demand for speed will continue to drive more fiber broadband adoption in future. ABI Research forecasts that fiber broadband subscribers will total almost 134 million by 2015.
- North America has the highest broadband penetration in the world. According to analyst Khin Sandi Lynn, “We expect broadband penetration in North America to be accelerated by federal government initiatives which aim to roll out broadband access in rural areas of the US.”