Top-10 Quarterly Monitoring
Companies in this quarter’s Top-10 Total Broadband provider study were able to retain their respective position on a QoQ basis. In 2Q12, MI&IT China Group continued to dominate the ranking by registering 148.8 m proportionate fixed broadband subscribers. Coming in at 2nd place is Telefonica Group with 24.1 m subscribers, still retaining its position even after disposing its entire Zon Multimedia stake this quarter. NTT Group settled at 3rd place with around 19.2 m proportionate subscribers. The group benefited from NTT’s (Japan) increasing FTTx subscription that offsets declining xDSL subscription. Also, the group benefited from PLDT’s (Philippines) 10% YoY increase in xDSL subscription. Completing the upper-half is Comcast Group (4th) with 18.7 m subscribers and Deutsche Telekom Group (5th) with 17.9m subscribers.
France Telecom Group sits on the 6th place with 14.5m subscribers. AT&T Inc. Group with 12.2m subscribers was able to secure its rank (7th) even though its broadband connections have been contracting continuously (770 000 disconnections YoY). AT&T is followed by another American company, Time Warner Cable Inc. with 11.2m subscribers, settling at 8th place. Telecom Italia (9th) and Verizon Communications Group (10th) might soon be expecting changes in their rank as their respective broadband subscription is slower than expected. Liberty Global (12th) is expected to overtake BT PLC (11th) and barge in the list in the near future, as their subscriber bases are increasing relatively faster due to competitive pricing strategy and active acquisition in Western Europe.