Ultra-fast broadband world market

Date: Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:07 Source: IDATE press department

World FTTx revenues will growth from 91 billion EUR in 2014 to reach 175 billion EUR
Ultra-fast broadband world market Image credited to IDATE

IDATE has released the latest issue of its World FTTx database, which is part of its ongoing service covering the ultra-fast broadband market. It provides reference data on this market across the globe, covering more than 70 countries and 150 key players, and providing forecasts up to 2019. 
Valérie Chaillou, FTTx lead analyst at IDATE, notes “growth perspectives remains still high when superfast technologies represent 37% of broadband access subscriptions at en-2014, and we expect ultra-fast broadband revenues will growth from 91 billion EUR in 2014 to reach 175 billion EUR in 2019.”
Superfast technologies represented nearly 37% of broadband access subscriptions at end-2014, 8 points more than one year before. (For the definition of superfast platforms, IDATE have considered here three main architectures: FTTH/B,  FTTN and FTTx/D3.0 deployed by cable operators)

FTTH/B is still the leading superfast broadband solution, far ahead of FTTx/D3.0, followed by VDSL:
•    FTTH/B represented 62% of FTTx subscriptions at end-2014. Growth of FTTH/B subscriptions will continue until 2019, but at a lower pace than during 2014, year of real success in China.
•    FTTx/D3.0 represented at December 2014, 27% of FTTx subscriptions. After two years of significant growth, proportion of FTTx/D3.0 on Superfast Broadband is lightly decreasing (29% at end 2013).
•    VDSL, for its part, lagged behind, representing 11% of subscriptions at end-2014; same proportion than at end-2013.

The regional breakdown is very heterogeneous
•    Still a geographical predominance of APAC on the FTTH/B market.
•    FTTH/B is also the main deployed technology in both Middle-East and Africa and Latin America, but it is meeting stronger competition from cable-based technologies in Latin America.
•    FTTx/D3.0 is still dominant in North America and is generally growing more rapidly than other technologies.
•    There is considerable space for VDSL in Europe where incumbents still wish to optimize their copper networks.

Only one player among them (AT&T) is involved in large FTTN+VDSL deployment, then there are two cablecos having upgraded their infrastructures to FTTx/D3.0 (Comcast and Virgin Media).

The two Chinese telcos (China Telecom and China Unicom) are leading this ranking with FTTH/B.

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