Nearly 60% of global broadband subscribers served by fiber in 2025: Point Topic

Dec. 17, 2018
Through its Global Broadband Statistics service, market research firm Point Topic predicts that 59% of broadband subscribers worldwide will be served by fiber to the home/premises/building (FTTH/FTTP/FTTB) by the end of 2025. That will represent an 11% jump from current levels, says Point Topic.

Through its Global Broadband Statistics service, market research firm Point Topic predicts that 59% of broadband subscribers worldwide will be served by fiber to the home/premises/building (FTTH/FTTP/FTTB) by the end of 2025. That will represent an 11% jump from current levels, says Point Topic.

Point Topic forecasts that there will be 1.2 billion fixed broadband subscribers worldwide by the end of 2025. Broadband subscriber totals exceeded 1 billion in the third quarter of this year, the market research firm points out. Approximately 89% of these subscribers reside in one of the top 30 markets as defined by subscriber numbers recorded in this year’s second quarter.

Within these markets, FTTH and related options will grab market share primarily from xDSL, which should decline 19% to 9% during the forecast period. While overall subscriber numbers for fiber to the curb (FTTC) and VDSL, as well as DOCSIS-based hybrid fiber/coax (HFC), should climb during the forecast window, market share will remain fairly stable. FTTC will account for approximately 12% of connections, while HFC will check in at 19%, the researchers estimate.

All-fiber broadband networks will dominate the market by 2025. (Source: Point Topic)

That said, the advent of 5G should have a dampening effect on fixed broadband in the forecast period, according to Point Topic. The company is awaiting data from the field as 5G is rolled out before predicting how much of an impact the market will see.

The forecasts include data for the top 30 fixed broadband markets and the rest of the world. Point Topic has based them on historical data on fixed broadband take up. The forecasts include trends in subscriber churn for various broadband technologies, the size of the addressable market at country level, and current and planned network upgrades.

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