Fiber-to-the-Home Broadband to further expand its reach in Asia-Pacific, says study

January 4th, 2008 - 6:28 pm ICT by admin  

Singapore, Jan 4 (ANI/Business Wire India): Broadband access in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has experienced significant growth in the past decade, as operators have upgraded their networks in anticipation of future demand for high-bandwidth services.
In a new study focused on residential Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) in APAC, ABI Research finds that different markets within the region are currently in very different stages of broadband growth.
“While broadband adoption is increasing within APAC, growth is not homogeneous across all countries in the region,” said research analyst Serene Fong.
“For instance, Hong Kong is one of the early adopters of FTTH and has the largest FTTH household penetration, currently 21 per cent. On the other hand, countries such as China and India are still struggling to encourage greater broadband usage, Fong added.
For now, most FTTH activity is still in the more developed countries within the region: Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
Generally speaking, broadband penetration in the APAC region is still relatively low compared to the rest of the world.
Fong said that, “Demand is largely determined by CPE and infrastructure costs. Consumers are also looking out for sufficiently rich multimedia content to justify their subscriptions. But the irony is that carriers are also waiting to ride on economies of scale in order to offer more attractive and affordable packages.”
Fiber installation is a major investment that requires a very strong business case and definite objectives to be justifiable.
According to Fong, “Uses of the Internet are multiplying at a rapid pace, including many bandwidth-hungry services. There are compelling trends leading us to believe that IPTV and related content applications will drive demand for FTTH.”
ABI Research’s “Fiber Optic Services for Residences in APAC Markets” analyses broadband development in six main markets - Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and India.
The report addresses market activities and technological deployments within the three major wireline platforms, DSL, cable broadband, and FTTx. It also includes key operator and vendor profiles, examines the claims and pitfalls of the various technologies, and explores the factors that influence deployments of FTTH services.
ABI Research is a leading market research firm focused on the impact of emerging technologies on global consumer and business markets.
Utilizing a unique blend of market intelligence, primary research, and expert assessment from its worldwide team of industry analysts, ABI Research assists hundreds of clients each year with their strategic growth initiatives. (ANI)

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