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IPTV Drives Fiber Demand in Asia-Pacific

Broadband access in the Asia-Pacific region has experienced significant growth in the past decade, as service providers have upgraded their networks in anticipation of future demand for high-bandwidth services.

In a new study focused on residential Fiber to the Home (FTTH) in APAC, ABI Research finds that different markets within the region are currently in very different stages of broadband growth.

"While broadband adoption is increasing within APAC, growth is not homogeneous across all countries in the region," says research analyst Serene Fong.

For instance, Hong Kong is one of the early adopters of FTTH and has the largest FTTH household penetration, currently 21 percent. On the other hand, countries such as China and India are still struggling to encourage greater broadband usage.

For now, most FTTH activity is still in the more developed countries within the region: Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Generally speaking, broadband penetration in the APAC region is still relatively low compared to the rest of the world.

Fong believes that, "Demand is largely determined by CPE and infrastructure costs. Consumers are also looking out for sufficiently rich multimedia content to justify their subscriptions. But the irony is that carriers are also waiting to ride on economies of scale in order to offer more attractive and affordable packages."

Fiber installation is a major investment that requires a very strong business case and definite objectives to be justifiable. According to Fong, "Uses of the Internet are multiplying at a rapid pace, including many bandwidth-hungry services. There are compelling trends leading us to believe that IPTV and related content applications will drive demand for FTTH."

ABI analyzes broadband development in six main markets -- Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and India. The report addresses market activities and technological deployments within the three major wireline platforms, DSL, cable broadband, and FTTx.

It also includes key operator and vendor profiles, examines the claims and pitfalls of the various technologies, and explores the factors that influence deployments of FTTH services.

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