The main trends that we can spot this quarter:
Note: Our current figures for China are based on the data provided by the country’s main broadband market players. This data however contradicts some of the figures reported by the Chinese regulator, so we had to make a judgement call. As a result, we may have to review some of the figures next quarter.
In Q4 2015, the restated quarterly growth in global fixed broadband subscribers was 4.25%, and it was followed by a healthy increase in Q1 2016 of 2.15%. In both quarters the growth was driven mostly by China, and in particular China Mobile which reported very high fixed broadband subscriber figures, especially those based on the FTTH platform.
As could be expected, East Asia continues to dominate the global fixed broadband market, primarily due to the sheer size of the Chinese segment and its rather dramatic growth. In Q1 2016, more than half of the net adds in global fixed broadband subscribers came from this region.
Between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016, the number of copper based broadband lines fell by 16%, while FTTH connections nearly doubled.
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