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DSL Forum reports global IPTV, DSL adoption

Posted: 15 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The number of people using IPTV services increased by 179 percent in the 12 months prior June 30, while DSL continues to dominate broadband access technologies with 66 percent of subscribers using this to access the Internet. These figures, prepared by industry analyst Point Topic, were reported by the DSL Forum last week at the last Broadband World Forum Europe held in Germany.

Europe dominates IPTV
According to the report, the number of people using IPTV services worldwide increased by 179 percent in the 12 months prior to 30 June 2007, and there are over 8 million people connected to IPTV services. Europe has been the strongest market in terms of growth and total subscriber numbers, with 231 percent growth in 12 months adding up to almost 5 million subscribers by the end of June.

"Top markets like France (2.5 million customers) and Hong Kong (938,000 customers) show that IPTV can be deployed rapidly to large numbers of subscribers, if the market conditions are right," said John Bosnell, Point Topic senior analyst. "On the demand side, competitive and clear bundle pricing and content deals will help to attract customers to IPTV services, while on the supply side, making IPTV easier to install and develop will help to deliver IPTV services to a wider subscriber base." Bosnell continues, "Developing and agreeing standards will help to simplify the delivery process and drive higher take-up in other markets too."

DSL dominates FTTx
DSL remains the most popular broadband access technology, with over 200 million of the world's 313 million broadband subscribers connecting via DSL. The global market share of broadband technologies remains largely unchanged from December 2006, with almost 22 percent of subscribers using cable, and just over 10 percent using FTTx.

Western Europe has the most broadband users, and 72 million of the 86 million broadband subscribers use DSL. The Eastern Europe DSL market, while small at less than 14 million, has the strongest growth (over 60 percent in the 12 months to 30 June 2007). The United States has the most broadband subscribers at over 63 million, but China tops the DSL subscriber list with over 44 million of its 59 million broadband users connected via DSL. Fifteen countries now have over 3 million DSL subscribers, and 29 have over one million subscribers, with Portugal passing the 1 million mark in Q2 2007.

"Today's figures highlight that services such as IPTV, which have held the promise of increased revenues and reduced subscriber churn for a number of years, are finally becoming a reality for millions of people," said Robin Mersh, chief operating officer at the DSL Forum. "The figures also illustrate that DSL remains a vital tool in the successful delivery of bandwidth-hungry bundled services. The DSL Forum continues to play a critical role in aiding the mass global deployment of IPTV through our development of specifications that not only facilitate increased speed and bandwidth offered by DSL technologies, but also ensure a standardised approach to network management and the interoperability of customer premise equipment, regardless of access technology."

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