China doubles global broadband subscriber growth rate

China passed 0.25 billion global broadband customer milestone

The total fixed broadband subscribers around the world have grown by more than 8% in nine months to the end of March 2016 in comparison to less than 4% in the previous nine months.

The most recent data from the Q1 2016 report by Point Topic reveals that China has added 34 million fixed broadband subscribers in the last two quarters, with the total figure now standing at more than 0.25 billion. In addition, the country has significantly contributed to the global FTTH growth more than doubling its FTTH subscriber figure in the last 12 months.

China Mobile’s recent expansion of fixed broadband operations  has been the key cause of the significant increase in the country’s customer base. The world’s largest mobile provider has become the new key broadband market player alongside China Telecom and China Unicom.

The growth in China’s fixed broadband market had a visible impact globally. As a result, the total fixed broadband customer base around the world has grown by more than 8% in nine months to the end of March 2016. This compares to less than 4% in the previous nine months. Similarly, global FTTH connections nearly doubled between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016 while the number of copper lines fell by 16% . This trend was also to a large extent caused by the scale of FTTH deployment and take up in China. Across the country, the number of homes passed by FTTH networks increased by 74.3% year-on-year to 446 million in 2015.

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The data used in this report is taken from Point Topic’s Global Broadband Statistics service that allows customers to analyse the datasets covering fixed broadband subscribers in more than 120 countries at country, operator and technology level. Please telephone +44 (0)20 3301 3303 or e-mail for more details.

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