Global Broadband Subscriber Numbers – Q1 2015

On a global level, Q1 2015 saw the highest quarterly adds in the last 12 months

Point Topic aims to offer the most complete, up-to-date and accurate source for world broadband statistics and estimates. This report looks at the latest growth trend in Q1 2015.


Global broadband subscriber numbers and net growth

The end of March 2015 saw a further healthy growth of global fixed broadband subscriber numbers with the total reaching 720m. The growth in the first three months of 2015 was 0.3 per cent higher than in the preceding 3 months.

Global trends

China returns to the top of the list for quarterly broadband net additions

This quarter East Asia returned to being at the top of the list in terms of the share of net quarterly adds. This was mostly due to high quarterly growth in China which recovered compared to Q4 2014. The bulk of China’s additions are in FTTH, with the country having added over 10 million subscribers for this technology in Q1 2015. The United States also saw more new broadband subscriptions added, mostly due to well performing cable operators. Meanwhile, in Q1 2015 East Europe and Asia claimed much lower percentages of quarterly additions compared to Q4 2014.

Net adds

Top 10 broadband countries by population penetration

Population penetration is generally highest in Europe partly due to the relatively small households in those markets (often less than 3 people on average). The high availability and low cost of services also has a significant impact, particularly once the point of growth inflexion is passed; as is the case in most ‘developed’ countries.

Pop penetration

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The data used in this report is taken from Point Topic’s Global Broadband Statistics service. Customers to the service can analyse current and historical data at country, operator and technology level. Please telephone +44 (0)20 3301 3303 or e-mail [email protected] for more details.