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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