This article is based on InfoCom's fixed broadband monitoring service covering 33 countries worldwide. Fixed broadband connections refer to the following technologies: xDSL, cable modem and fibre optic, i.e. FTTx (fibre-to-the-home/FTTH, fibre-to-the-building/FTTB and fibre-to-the-curb/FTTC or else fibre-to-the-node/FTTN, including FTTC/FTTN + VDSL), and includes both residential and business broadband connections. Penetration rates described below refer to the ratio of total, both residential and business, broadband connections in the market over total households. Since the vast majority of these connections are for residential customers, the ratio over households does give a good indication of the penetration in the markets.
This article provides an overview of the evolution of fixed broadband connections in five Southeast Asian countries namely Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The analysis focuses on the household penetration and growth in fixed broadband connections and tries to identify the hindrances and success factors of the broadband deployment in the region.