Quarterly Fixed Broadband Monitoring
China, registering over 155m connections, still placed first in the 2Q13 ranking of more than 40 countries in terms of total fixed broadband connections. It dominated the ranking since 2006 and is expected to maintain its lead in the following years despite its diminishing DSL connections, propelled by disconnections and migration to faster broadband platforms such as cable modem and fibre optics.
Double-digit percentage decline on China’s DSL market is also anticipated, favouring the expansion of its fibre optic market – primarily driven by its government, which actively pushes fibre roll-outs nationwide and the operators, which heavily market fibre optics rather other technologies. In April 2013 China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) mandated any newly built home accessible to a fibre optic network to install a FTTH connection. This is in accordance to the government’s plan to link 40m homes to FTTH connection by 2015. On the other hand, operators are also aggressively deploying fibre optic infrastructures within China, focusing on the urban premises: in the city of Shanghai, for instance, China Telecom aims at full citywide coverage by the end of 2015.