China's adoption of broadband continues to far out-pace that of all other nations, placing the East Asian country in a dominant position to leverage the benefits ultra-broadband delivers to schools, homes, government and businesses.
In the third quarter of last year, East Asia accounted for 70% of new fixed broadband subscribers, according to "Trends on Global Broadband Subscribers: Q3 2016," recently released by Point Topic. The region's overall growth rate of 3.89% was 1.89% higher than the prior quarter, the research firm said.
China Is Tops in Worldwide Broadband Subscribers
As a result, China -- which had about one-quarter billion subscribers in the first quarter of 2016 -- now is up to almost 300 million fixed-broadband subscribers, the study found. The United States comes in a distant second with approximately 120 million broadband subscribers, trailed by Japan and Germany with less than 100 million each.
Over six months last year, China added almost 41 million FTTH connection, accounting for 89% of all FTTH new additions worldwide within that timeframe, Point Topic Ltd. said. In the 12 months between Q3 2016 and Q3 2015, FTTH connections worldwide grew about 77%, the researcher found.
China Leads the World in New Broadband Subscribers
The Big Picture
China is creating a new "population of consumers" that needs high-speed access on online marketplaces, wrote Bain & Co. in "The Great Eight: Trillion-Dollar Growth Trends to 2020." In fact, about two thirds of the middle class projected to grow between 2010 and 2020 will be found in China and India, Bain & Co. projected -- although many in both nations will remain poor. Access to high-bandwidth educational resources, e-tail sites for handmade items and crowdsourced loans also can generate more opportunities.
On the business front, like its counterparts around the world, China suffers from talent recruitment and management and is using its FTTH/B investment, in part, to help local and international companies attract professionals, the Bain report said. Concerns about the Trump Administration's immigration policies -- as evidenced by this weekend's edict -- could encourage more international businesses to rely on telework, wrote telecommuting expert Jack Nilles in a prescient November 2016 blog on JALA. Chinese companies already have tested the concept with positive results; more widespread access to broadband only increases the pool of potential employees.
Increasing broadband availability also ties in with China's self-vision as a technology leader. Late last year, the country's Sunway TaihuLight was officially named the globe's fastest supercomputer. Within 15 years, China went from having no presence on the world's official ranking of supercomputers to having 171 systems (tied with the US) -- including the top two -- on the official Top 500 list, last released in November 2016.
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It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.