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FTTx to overtake DSL in Asia-Pacific: Ovum

Recent study also finds Asia-Pacific is the leader in FTTx subscribers

Research firm, Ovum, has forecast that the combination of FTTH and FTTB is expected to overtake DSL in Asia-Pacific in 2014.

In a new study, entitled FTTH/FTTB Asia-Pacific Subscriber Forecast and Analysis, it predicts that wireline broadband subscribers in Asia-Pacific will exceed 285 million in 2014.

While DSL is expected to still dominate wireline broadband subscribers in the region, FTTx (FTTH/FTTB) will push the growth of wireline broadband to about 129 million subscribers in 2014.

“Varying growth patterns across the different countries in Asia-Pacific are seen, reflecting the diversity of the region,” Ovum principal analyst and co-author of the study, Julie Kunstler, said.

“For example, Australia’s FTTx Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2010 to 2014 will be very high at 180% as they are starting from a low base and have plans for significant investment such as NBN, while Japan’s growth will be lower at 9% since its existing base is very high.”

Already in 2010, four economies in Asia-Pacific were found to have more than 25 per cent household penetration: South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan topped the list.

Ovum recently found in its research that the global FTTx market will continue to be ruled by China.