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Gartner Says One in Five Households Worldwide Will Have a Fixed Broadband Connection by End of 2009

  

Despite the global economic downturn, the number of household broadband connections continues to grow robustly, and one in five households worldwide will have a fixed broadband connection in the home by the end of 2009, according to Gartner, Inc.

A total of 422 million households will have a fixed broadband connection in the home in 2009, up from 382 million households in 2008, and the market will steadily grow with nearly 580 million households having a fixed broadband connection by 2013.

"Consumers may be watching their household expenditure, but dropping their broadband connections is not on the top of their agendas as a way to reduce outgoings," said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Multiple motivations are conspiring to keep broadband growth strong, such as PCs being more affordable, migration from dial-up, affordably priced broadband subscriptions, aging populations requiring broadband connectivity, and even as a result of an economic boost from country-specific economic and broadband-specific stimulus plans."

At the end of 2008, approximately 21 countries had broadband connections in at least 50 percent of homes (see Table 1). In many countries, the rates are much higher; the highest penetration being in South Korea at 86 percent and the lowest being Indonesia at less than 1 percent.

Table 1
Broadband Household Penetration by Market (Percent)

Country

  2008

 

  2013

South Korea

86  

South Korea

93

Netherlands

80  

Netherlands

88

Denmark

75  

Canada

81

Hong Kong

72  

Hong Kong

80

Canada

69  

Singapore

78

Switzerland

69  

Denmark

78

Norway

67  

United States

78

New Zealand

65  

New Zealand

75

France

63  

Japan

73

Singapore

63  

Taiwan

72

United Kingdom

63  

Norway

72

Finland

62  

United Kingdom

71

Taiwan

61  

Switzerland

70

United States

60  

Australia

69

Belgium

58  

Germany

66

Japan

57  

France

65

Spain

56  

Belgium

63

Germany

55  

Ireland

63

Australia

55  

Spain

62

Sweden

54  

Finland

59

Ireland

54  

Austria

54

Austria

48  

Sweden

54

Source: Gartner (September 2009)

Although many mature markets will see a slowing down of broadband rates as connectivity reaches saturation, many emerging markets are still in the early stages of broadband deployment and will see rapid growth in adoption rates. Gartner predicts that over the next five years, the emerging markets (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Latin American countries, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa) will collectively provide twice as many new consumer broadband connections as mature markets: 135 million vs. 62 million connections, respectively.

Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) will account for 92 million (68 percent) of the increased 135 million household broadband connections in the emerging markets, meaning that BRIC accounts for almost half (47 percent) of the total global increase in connections. China takes first place in contributing the greatest number (62 million, or 46 percent) of the 135 million new broadband connections in emerging markets.

Twenty seven million U.S. households will make up a large share of new broadband connections in mature markets between 2008 and 2013, with Japan accounting for almost 10 million, Germany with 5 million and the U.K. with slightly over 3 million connections.

However, despite the significant growth in connections in emerging markets, Gartner analysts said that households in emerging markets will continue to outnumber those in mature markets by 4-to-1. Consequently, it is unlikely that broadband household penetration in the emerging markets will catch up with mature markets within the next 10 years, and Gartner estimates that the digital divide will remain in the 50 to 54 percent range for the foreseeable future.

Gartner estimates that the worldwide consumer fixed voice, Internet and broadband services market was worth $372 billion in 2008 and that broadband access services supplied 27 percent of that total. Broadband services will continue to be the growth engine in revenue, offsetting declining voice revenue and supplying almost 40 percent of the $347 billion total revenue in 2013.

"Broadband services represent the core of all fixed-line household communications services; hence, communications providers will be able to continue their reliance on broadband subscription revenue to offset revenue loss from other services in their portfolio offerings," Ms. Sabia said. "Equipment manufacturers (modems, routers and PCs) and providers of carrier infrastructure will benefit by having more connections to supply equipment and services to. Government, medical and educational institutions alike will have alternative access to their customers via the household broadband connection."

This research refers to broadband as fixed broadband modalities, such as DSL, cable modem, FTTH/FTTP/Ethernet, and other high-speed technologies (mostly static fixed-line replacement technology for the main broadband access into the home, such as multichannel multipoint distribution service [MMDS], LANDesk Management Suite [LDMS], WiMAX, satellite and power lines).

Additional information is available in the Gartner report "Next Phase of Growth in Worldwide Consumer Fixed Broadband." The report is available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?ref=g_search&id=1171912&subref=simplesearch.

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