Asia broadband subs to hit 182m in 2009: Frost

Dylan Bushell-Embling
17 Aug 2009

Asia-Pacific fixed broadband subscribers are projected to grow 17.3% to 182 million by the end of the year, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

The region's subscribers will clock up combined billings of $44.9 billion – a 13.3% growth over 2008, Frost & Sullivan said.

The region is on pace to hit 200 million subscribers in 2010, closing out the year with 212.6 million, due to projects such as Malaysia's HSBB project and Australia's national broadband network (NBN).

“The bulk of bandwidth growth and network roll-outs in the next few years will be driven by fiber-to-the-node deployments, aided mainly by government spending on national high-speed broadband projects,” analyst Adeel Najam said.

The market will continue to grow at a CAGR of 14.1%, reaching 342.9 million subscribers in 2014.

South Korea had the highest household broadband penetration in the region in 2008, with 92.8%. Hong Kong came second with 85%, and Singapore third with 78.5%.

But China had the most users, with 83.4 million, followed by Japan with 30 million and South Korea with 15.5 million.

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