Asia Pacific – Wireline and Fixed Broadband Market Statistics – Q2 2015

London 4 September 2015- The total number of connections to fixed broadband technologies reached 322 million by the end of Q2 2015, an increase of 2% on Q1 2015 and 6% on the same quarter in 2014.  In Q2 2015, the number of FTTx connections (the dominant access technology in Asia- Pacific) passed 175 million lines, representing 54% of the fixed broadband market (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q2 2015
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xDSL connections (the second largest access technology) totalled 117 million or 36% of the market. Cable Modem, with nearly 26 million connections, is the third fixed broadband technology in the continent and other fixed broadband technologies (including WiMAX, leased line and Satellite) have a relatively low market share, although connections to these technologies also grew during the quarter, reaching 4 million at the end of Q2.

To reiterate, fibre technologies continue to dominate overall growth, experiencing a net gain of 5% since Q1 2015 – which means that FTTx is the fastest growing technology in Asia- Pacific.  Quantum Web predicts that FTTx will remain the dominant technology for broadband access in Asia- Pacific.   By the end of 2020, the number of FTTx connections will rise to 197 million, representing 57.7% of total broadband market in the continent.  The other main technology groups will be xDSL and Cable Modem accounting for 33% and 7.8% of the broadband market respectively (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q4 2020
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Fixed Broadband by Country

There has been little change overall at the country level since Q1 2015.

China continues to be the largest market, with nearly 208 million broadband connections and 64% of the overall Asia-Pacific market in Q2 2015.  Elsewhere in the region, Japan is the second largest broadband country in the continent in terms of connections, followed by South Korea, India, Taiwan, Vietnam and Australia (see Figure 3 for further details).

Figure 3. Broadband Connections by Country, Q2 2015
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Vietnam with 5% growth since the previous quarter is the fastest growing market in Asia-Pacific, followed by Sri Lanka (4% growth vs Q1 2015), India (3.9%) and Pakistan (3.8%). Bangladesh, on the other hand, exhibits a negative growth of 0.7% during the same period.