North and Latin America – Wireline and Fixed Broadband Market Statistics and Forecasts- Q2 2015

London 11 September 2015-The total number of connections to fixed broadband technologies in North and Latin America passed 181 million by the end of Q2 2015, an increase of 1% on Q1 2015 and 4% on the same quarter in 2014.

In Q2 2015, the number of Cable Modem connections as the main fixed broadband technology in  North and Latin America passed 84 million lines, representing 46% of the fixed broadband market (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q2 2015

North and Latin America Fixed Broadband, Q2 2015

xDSL technologies, the second most popular type of broadband technologies with 43% market share, rose to 77 million at the end of Q2. Fibre technologies continue to dominate overall growth, experiencing a net gain of 3% since Q1 2015 – which means that FTTx is the fastest growing technology in North and Latin America. By the end of Q2 2015, the number of FTTx connections reached 12 million. Other fixed broadband technologies, including WiMAX and Satellite with 7 million connections, represent the fourth category of fixed broadband technologies deployed in The Americas,

Quantum Web predicts that xDSL will become the dominant technology for broadband access in North and Latin America. By the end of 2020, the number of xDSL connections will rise to 97 million, representing 51% of total broadband market across the two continents.  Cable Modem with 66 million connections, FTTx with 21 million and other fixed broadband technologies with 4 million will account for 35%, 11% and 3% of the broadband market respectively (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q4 2020

North and Latin America Fixed Broadband, Q4 2020

Fixed Broadband by Country

There has been little change overall at the country level since Q1 2015.
United States continues to be the largest market, with nearly 100 million broadband connections and 55% of the overall market in Q2 2015.  Brazil posted a faster quarterly growth than the US in Q2, reaching 25 million broadband connections and 14 % share of market in The Americas.  Mexico is the third largest broadband country in the region, followed by Canada (12 million) and Argentina (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Broadband Connections by Country, Q2 2015
North and Latin America Fixed Broadband, Q2 2015

Ecuador with 3.8% growth since the previous quarter is the fastest growing market in The Americas followed by Peru (3.1%), Colombia (2.5%) and Mexico (1.6%). Argentina saw a -3.6% decline in fixed broadband connections in Q2 vs Q1 2015.