There will be around 2 million fewer homes with fixed line broadband connections by the end of 2016 according to updated estimates by broadband research company, Point-Topic.
Point-Topic have updated their estimates as to how many fixed line broadband connections they expect there to be by the end of 2016 and dropped the figure by 8%. Originally they has estimated just short of 26 million homes, however this recent study now suggests that it will be closer to 23.88 million. The reason for the drop in estimates is because those who currently do not have broadband are a harder market to get them to take up the service if they already don’t have it, the majority of people who want or will take it already have done, persuading the remaining users who don’t have broadband to switch to it or to even take it up is a much harder task.
What is perhaps slightly more interesting is the estimate number of fibre broadband (FTTx) lines is actually 12% lower than originally estimated. Point Topic now thinks there will be 9.4 million fibre optic lines by the end of 2016.
The belief is that by 2020 there will be 20 million FTTx subscribers and more than 23 million superfast households in the UK.
Global broadband ended 2010 with more than 523 million subscribers with Global IPTV subscriptions growing by 34.6%.
The figures which have been released by Point-Topic.com were announced yesterday and showed that the total global broadband subscribers by the end of 2010 stood at 523,066,022 which was a net addition for the year of 55 million lines.
July 2010 saw global broadband pass the half a billion landmark figure.
Europe is leading the way with the most broadband subscribers with 188.8 million closely followed by Asia with 184.5 million, Americas had 133.8 million with the Middle East and Africa being way behind with just 15.6 million broadband subscribers.
When it comes to specific countries it is however China that is leading the way with 136 million subscribers, within Europe Germany are leading the way with 26.7 million.
The top 10 broadband countries based on subscribers numbers to the end of 2010 was as follows:
- China (all territories) - 136,496,883
- USA – 87,172,827
- Japan – 34,467,000
- Germany – 26,715,350
- France – 19,887,530
- UK – 19,607,600
- South Korea – 17,202,641
- Italy – 14,257,650
- Brazil – 12,656,200
- Russia – 11,619,000
Globally the type of broadband connections subscribers are using currently sees DSL way out in front with 63% of the market (331 million subscribers), Cable (mostly popular in America) accounts for 20% (106 million subscribers) while Fibre broadband connections account for around 14% globally (72 million subscribers). Fixed Wireless Access and Satellite broadband only account for around 2.5% combined.
The market share that Cable has is slowly getting eaten up though with Fibre optic broadband growing fast, a good example is in the UK market where fibre broadband is being rolled out across the UK with the BT Infinity network which should reach around 66% of the country when complete.
IPTV has Europe leading the way with 20.7 million IPTV subscribers, Asia with 16.3 million, Americas with 8 million and the Middle Easy and Africa with 0.2 million.
The top 10 countries for IPTV includes 6 that are within Europe, the UK doesn’t feature in this.
Top 10 IPTV countries:
- France – 10,255,000
- China (all territories) – 10,002,000
- USA – 7,301,800
- South Korea – 3,645,650
- Japan – 2,213,117
- Germany – 1,513,200
- Belgium – 975,000
- Spain – 858,200
- Italy – 819,000
- Sweden – 770,000
A global broadband value ranking sees the UK ranked in 24th spot for broadband value according to a recent study done by Point Topic.
The study looked at the price different countries pay per Mb for their broadband. Topping the list for the best value broadband was Hong Kong where it worked out that it cost just $0.028 per MB. In the UK the cost for broadband on average works out at $0.912 per Mb (58p) and ranks us in 24th position.
The top 10 countries in best value order were:
- Hong Kong
At the other end of the scale was Peru where it worked out at $209 (£134) per Mb with other countries who were very expensive including South Africa, Kenya and Indonesia where it cost over $100 per Mb for broadband.
Out of the top 10 value broadband tariffs there was 9 which which were either pure fibre or contained fibre as a major part of the connection.
Global broadband hit 500 million (half a billion) lines in the third week of July 2010 and in doing so passed a major milestone.
It has taken just 11 years for broadband to reach this number of lines which has changed the way people now use and view the internet, it is now no longer just considered a luxury but more of a basic human right, with this point being backed up in Finland where it was recently made a legal right for citizens over there to have access to broadband.
The research was done by Point-Topic who have been counting broadband lines since 2008, when globally there was only around 1.3 million lines in use which were on the whole in America and Canada.
Since then broadband has just taken off and now European countries such as the UK, Italy and Germany account for 30% of all global broadband connections with Asia accounting for the largest percentage with 41% of all broadband lines around the world.
The importance of broadband is continuing to grow and faster broadband speeds (check broadband speed with a broadband speed test) are always being strived for, in the UK alone we are seeing how fibre optic broadband is starting to receive some heavy investment to replace the current copper network that BT have installed, this will dramatically increase the broadband speeds that we can receive and mean that even more applications and uses can be made and done via the internet.
The CEO of Point-Topic, Oliver Johnson believes that in the next 11 years a further half billion broadband lines will be added meaning that worldwide there will be 1 billion broadband lines. At the current moment, there are around 1 million new broadband lines per week being added.