Broadband booms, but not here
It is the emerging regions of Asia, Latin America and the Middle East/Africa (MEA) which are driving new broadband activity, while growth in Europe is modest.
Broadband subscriber numbers in the emerging regions projected to rise by 17.4% to 375 million this year, according to analyst IHS iSuppli.
In contrast, the predicted growth numbers for North America and Europe are only 6.8%, increasing to 298 million.
“Broadband growth will be quickest in the world’s currently underpenetrated or underserved markets, typically found in less economically advanced territories,” said Lee Ratliff, principal analyst for broadband & digital home research at IHS.
Overall, the number of global broadband subscribers will climb to 672.9 million in 2012.
The two markets with slower growth anticipated this year include Europe and North America, with modest increases of 8% and 6%, respectively.
In Europe subscriber growth is boosted slightly by the expanding Eastern Europe market.
The Top 3 territories in Europe are Russia with 28.8 million, Germany with 28.3 million and the United Kingdom with 26.4 million.