BERLIN â€” There are now more than one billion fixed broadband subscribers worldwide, the Broadband Forum revealed at Broadband World Forum 2018. The achievement â€“ which has been confirmed by market analysis firm Point Topic â€“ follows the release of Point Topicâ€™s World Broadband Statistics Q2 2018 report which saw the number of fixed broadband subscribers grow by 2.5 percent from Q1 2018, the highest surge in the last six quarters.
â€œThis is a truly outstanding achievement, led by the communications industry, that has resulted in a major leap forward for humankind,â€ said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. â€œBroadband connectivity is a cornerstone of modern life, and a catalyst for innovation and progress globally â€“ I am proud of the key role that the Broadband Forum has played in facilitating this accomplishment. For broadband service providers, a billion installations represent an enormous opportunity for building new value on top of this foundation with new cloud-based services, enhanced efficiencies driven by virtualization and artificial intelligence, and sensational new experiences.
â€œThat said, passing this milestone also means that the industry is now chipping away at the remaining one billion plus potential subscribers in the world that have a thirst for broadband but have yet to be connected. This represents another area of huge potential opportunity and growth â€“ both for operators seeking new markets, as well as for improvements to the quality of life of these potential subscribers.â€
New Subscribers Coming from Less Developed Regions
Point Topicâ€™s Q2 2018 report reveals the majority of new subscribers are now coming from less developed regions and countries. However, according to the report, growth in ARPU is being seen in developed markets, driven by improved offerings and services supported by gigabit-capable broadband.
The research also highlights that around 80 percent of global connections are fiber-based â€“ including fiber-to-the-home/business/cabinet connections â€“ or cable-based, while ADSL connections are continuing to decline, having dropped eight percent in the last year.
â€œWhat is also interesting is that the number of broadband subscribers nearly exactly correlates with installations of the Broadband Forumâ€™s TR-069 protocol, which currently sits at nearly 1 billion deployments. This shows how critical broadband standards are and the important role TR-069 has played in fostering the ecosystem and creating the mass market that stimulated broadband innovation and subscriber adoption.â€
To see the full Point Topic Report Q2 2018 report, please see: http://point-topic.com/free-analysis/fixed-broadband-statistics-q2-2018/