The number of broadband lines worldwide grew by 17.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 to a total 581.3 million, according to latest figures from Point Topic for the Broadband Forum. This is the highest quarterly additions since early 2009 and represents annual growth of 12.9 percent in the total base. DSL remained the dominant access technology with 61.5 percent of all lines, after adding more subscribers than any other technology in Q3. However, in percentage terms both FTTH and FTTx/hybrid technologies showed the highest growth at 8 percent overall, compared to 2.2 percent for cable and 2 percent for DSL. FTTx added just under 19 million lines in Q3, more than double the number in the same period last year, bringing its market share to 16 percent, just behind cable at 19.5 percent. Asia was the biggest geographic market and showed the strongest growth, up 4.3 percent quarterly to 246.06 million lines. This was driven by China which added over 8 million lines in Q3 for a total 152.5 million at the end of September 2011. Europe grew 2.3 percent sequentially to 173.3 million lines, and the Americas were up 1.9 percent to 144.53 million. Meanwhile the IPTV market grew by 6.1 percent to 54.4 million users. This was led by growth in France (the biggest market for IPTV), China and Russia; the latter entered the top ten markets for IPTV for the first time, in seventh place.
Source: Telecom Paper.