The latest Q1-2014 global broadband report from UK telecoms analyst Point Topic has revealed that the world is now home to 690.1 million fixed line broadband subscribers (+1.9% in the quarter), which is up from +0.4% recorded at the end of 2013. It’s also the first quarter where the market share for older copper line broadband connections (e.g. ADSL, SDSL) has dipped below 50%.
As usual coppers loss is fibre Internet’s gain, with both superfast hybrid-fibre (FTTC/N/x) and ultrafast true fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) broadband connections (Fibre Internet) seeming to pick-up the slack as customers migrate to faster connectivity. On the other hand it should be said that many hybrid-fibre solutions, such as FTTC, are actually dependent upon a “last mile” style run of existing copper cable via VDSL connectivity and so the picture is a little more complex.