Global DSL Broadband Services Market to Surpass 664 Million Subscriptions by 2018, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on the DSL Broadband Services markets. The global market for DSL Broadband Services is forecast to surpass 664 million subscriptions by the year 2018. Major factors driving growth in the market include increasing demand for connectivity, lower relative cost of DSL technology, increasing demand for Internet connectivity from emerging markets, and declining costs of components. Factors such as standardization for improved vendor interoperability and increasing Government support for enhancing broadband penetration for economic development are also fuelling growth in the market.

DSL Broadband Services: A Global Strategic Business Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – Broadband plays a significant role in today’s economic and social world, connecting businesses, Governments, and consumers, in addition to facilitating social interaction. Unlike the conventionally used narrowband connections, broadband offers high speed, always-on connections to the Internet, as well as supports innovative services and content. Lower prices for broadband access accelerated the market transition from dial-up to broadband, with the major competition today remaining between the DSL and cable companies. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is still the most prevalent broadband access technology across the globe. Newer entrants to the broadband access markets are propelling the deployment of services for catching up with the more established territories. Through application of standards-based DSL technologies and use of existent copper telephone infrastructure with equipment tested for interoperability, in addition to deployment of growing array of practical and robust technical solutions for deploying and managing broadband services, countries could accelerate the development of broadband services cost-effectively and effectively.

DSL, cable modem service, and mobile wireless, are the leading access technologies accounting for over 90% of the broadband connections worldwide. However, among all the broadband technologies available, DSL still maintains the lion’s share of the market, followed by fiber broadband and cable. The global market for DSL broadband is propelled by the constantly increasing demand for communication services. While home networking became essential with huge number of people purchasing laptops, PCs, and notebooks, the increasing popularity of IPTV and online gaming is further driving the demand for high-speed broadband. Recently, several operators began enhancing DSL broadband by deploying VDSL, which is more cost-effective to deploy when compared to fiber, as the carriers are able to use existing copper infrastructure. Moreover, the higher speed of VDSL broadband allows operators to provide customers with more services such as interactive gaming and video on demand, thereby enabling generation of more revenue. Although demographic and geographic characteristics such as small size of a nation with highly educated population could facilitate broadband penetration and adoption, such properties are by no means the deciding factors. On the contrary, an effective mixture of regulatory, legislative, and investment initiatives would work towards propelling the broadband industry.

After years of dominating the market, DSL technology is beginning to lose its grip on the broadband market. Since its debut in the mass market, DSL began failing to grab most of the fixed broadband lines newly being added in the market over the recent years. Given the maturing status of the technology, the global market has been witnessing a decline in net DSL line additions. Alternative technologies such as FTTH and cable technologies have been gaining in some markets. Consequently, global DSL subscriptions are projected to grow at a slower pace over the analysis period. Due to market saturation in majority of the regions, the growth of the DSL broadband sector is expected to slow down, primarily in certain Western European and East Asian countries where DSL penetration is over 50%. While net broadband subscriber additions are slowly declining in certain mature markets such as Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands, rapid increase is visible in the number of subscriptions in the emerging markets. Primarily, Brazil in Latin America, Russia in Eastern Europe, and China and India in the Asia-Pacific, are the emerging markets displaying an extremely high potential for fixed broadband subscriber growth in the near future.

A novel, low-risk, low-cost method to expand DSL-based broadband service coverage as well as mass market take-up is being introduced by several pioneering operators worldwide. The Ethernet technology-based method prepares the network for up-and-coming capacity-demanding services in addition to offering remarkable reductions in operating and deployment costs. There is an increasing range of capacity-demanding services being rolled out into the market, and the number of small businesses and residential subscribers for broadband access, primarily DSL services, is witnessing growth. Operators are required to make use of a cost-effective solution that offers the flexibility, scalability, and capacity to fulfill longer-term requirements and short-term expansion. There exists strong competition in the fixed-line telecommunications market, with the operators focusing on their abilities to introduce service offerings in the form of voice/broadband packages (double play), and voice/broadband/IPTV packages (triple play). Such an advancement is possible with the competitors displaying a shift from a predominantly reseller approach (carrier selection/carrier pre-selection for voice services and Wholesale for ADSL) to that based on controlling infrastructure, primarily Local Loop Unbundling (LLU). Fixed/mobile convergence is another trend becoming increasingly evident, with several fixed operators operating as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and offering integrated fixed-mobile services.

Asia-Pacific represents the largest regional market worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on DSL Broadband Services. Asia-Pacific also represents the fastest growing regional market for DSL broadband services worldwide, witnessing a CAGR of 9.0% over the analysis period. Within Asia-Pacific, China represents the single largest market for DSL broadband services, in terms of cumulative subscriptions.

Major players profiled in the report include AT&T Inc., BT Group Plc, Verizon Communications Inc., China Telecom Corporation Limited, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited, Deutsche Telekom AG, Telecom Italia SpA., Bell Canada, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, and Telstra Corporation Limited, among others.

The research report titled “DSL Broadband Services: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides comprehensive market overview, trends & issues, key broadband market statistics, competitive overview of regional broadband market, recent product innovations/introductions, recent industry activity and profiles of leading regional market players. Analysis and overview is provided for the years 2010 through 2018, for major geographic markets, such as the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. Market analytics for DSL broadband services are provided for global and regional markets in terms of cumulative subscriptions in thousands. The study also provides historic data for an insight into market evolution over the period 2004 through 2009.

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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