Led by China, East Asia dominated third-quarter 2017 fixed broadband subscriber growth, a new report finds.
China alone added 68.7 million fiber-to-the-home connections in the third quarter, representing an astounding 85% of worldwide FTTH net adds in that time frame, according to Point Topic's "World Broadband Statistics-Q3 2017" report.
In addition to China, East Asia includes several broadband-leading nations and territories, such as Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, as well as Macau, Mongolia and North Korea.
East Asia Generates Most Net New Broadband Subscribers in Q3 2017
China's FTTH ascendancy should come as little surprise: About a year ago, the Chinese government made a political and economic decision to heavily invest in fiber to be more competitive with the rest of the world. The nation's service providers have been deploying fiber at a rapid pace to meet this edict, a move that brings connectivity to the growing Chinese middle class and had a global impact on fiber availability and pricing. (See China's Heavy Broadband Adoption Extends Nation's Technology Lead and High Demand Creates Fiber Shortage in US)
In the third quarter, 74% of net new fixed broadband subscribers resided in East Asia, up almost 2% compared with the prior quarter, the research firm found.
Africa had the highest quarterly sub growth rate percentage-wise, increasing almost 5% between the second and third quarters of last year. East Asia -- at 4% quarter-over-quarter -- and Asia (Other) -- at 2.6% quarter-over-quarter -- rounded out the top three regions in fastest growth rate. China saw FTTH connections increase 7% and added 15 million broadband subscribers, wrote Point Topic. Vietnam (considered Asia, other) experienced 11% quarterly growth in its total fixed broadband customer base by adding almost 900,000 FTTH customers, the researcher said.
Globally, there were 913.3 million fixed broadband connections at the end of September, the researcher said. In this three-month period, the overall fixed broadband subscriber adoption rate rose 2.38%, it found.
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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
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