To mark the start of the 8th annual Assises du Tres Haut Debit symposium, IDATE is released its ranking of countries that lead the way in ultra-fast fixed and mobile broadband subscriber numbers, in Europe and worldwide. An analysis and data culled directly from IDATE's freshly updated FTTx and LTE global market watch, which examines hundreds of countries and operators.
Growing disparities in fixed ultra-fast broadband At the end of 2013, ultra-fast broadband (UFB) access--i.e. with a throughput equal to or above 30 Mbps--represented 29% of all broadband connections worldwide. This marks real progress as the percentage stood at 22% just one year ago. FTTH/B is still the mostly widely deployed technology, accounting for 60% of UFB subscribers around the globe, followed by cablecos' FTTx/D3.0 systems, which account for 29% of users, and VDSL for 11%.
In terms of subscriber numbers, all UFB architectures combined, the United States is by far the global leader with 62.5 million subscribers at the end of 2013, compared to 42.4 million for China and 27 million for Japan. France is in seventh place with more than 2 million subscribers. Of course this ranking changes depending on the indicators that are taken into consideration, such UFB subscribers' share of a country's total broadband customer base. Here South Korea tops the ranks, ahead of the United States, Japan and China, with 66%--versus 64% for Japan, 60% for the United States and 22% for China.
As to the technologies deployed, the US is the undisputed VDSL market leader with some II million subscribers, well ahead of the UK and its 2.1 million subscribers. The United States is also the world's biggest FTTx/D3.0...