Research: 13% Growth in Fixed Broadband
Broadband Subscriber Market Data
ABI Research reports that their latest research shows that there has been significant growth in fixed broadband since 2008. ABI feels that wired broadband is currently playing second fiddle to the popularity and growth of wireless broadband services, but that wired services have seen growth of 13%. Additionally, there was roughly 430.7 million broadband subscribers in 2009 according to ABI.
ABI reports that while wireless is important, that wired is still a very important platform with the increase of IPTV type offerings and gaming services because of its “low latency, rapid access to web content, and secure access to non-building access points.” In fact, ABI states that many in-the-building wireless solutions are often being built with fixed wired connections handing off to wireless femtocells to handle wireless traffic.
Additionally ABI reports that, “North America has the highest broadband penetration in the world,” and they forecast that by 2015 there will be roughly 134 million fiber broadband subscribers and around 548 million total broadband subscribers.
The report can be found here.