Broadband coverage in Brazil higher than Italy

A recent report by the Broadband Forum ranked the top ten countries for broadband growth and found that Brazil outperformed Italy to take the ninth spot with 15 million broadband subscribers in the third quarter of 2011.  Brazil broadband subscribers rose by two million from the year-ago quarter, while Italy’s subscriber based rose by only 500,000.

A recent report by the Broadband Forum ranked the top ten countries for broadband growth and found that Brazil outperformed Italy to take the ninth spot with 15 million broadband subscribers in the third quarter of 2011.  Brazil broadband subscribers rose by two million from the year-ago quarter, while Italy’s subscriber based rose by only 500,000.

China came in at the top of the list with 152 million subscribers in the Q311, with the United States and Japan coming in next with 90 million and 35 million subscribers, respectively.

Top Ten Broadband Countries

Country

2010Q3

2011Q2

2011Q3

China

126,688,298

144,341,839

152,529,154

USA

85,665,658

89,534,219

90,512,692

Japan

33,455,800

35,238,500

35,817,200

Germany

26,114,350

27,699,450

28,032,650

France

20,916,000

22,009,900

22,352,200

UK

19,210,000

20,151,200

20,440,200

Russia

13,471,147

19,940,900

19,359,900

South Korea

16,980,061

17,605,121

17,816,717

Brazil

13,092,900

15,232,700

15,957,000

Italy

13,117,128

13,589.650

13,660,650

 Source: Point Topic

According to the report, the third quarter of 2011 experienced the most broadband growth since 2009, with a total growth of over 17.4 million lines, bringing the total to 581.3 million.  The growth represents a quarterly increase of 3% and an annual growth rate of 13%.

Asia has 42% of the broadband market share with 246 million lines as of Q311, while Europe has 29% with 173 million. The Americas come in third with 24% of the market share with144 million and the Middle East and Africa have 3% with 17 million total lines.

According to the report, FTTx is a main driver behind the growth with an 8% growth rate in Q311, compared to 2.2% for cable modems and 2% for DSL.  FTTx added almost 19 million lines in the third quarter, which is more the twice the number in the same period last year.

“Hybrid FTTx will be where the action is over the next few years,” says Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic.  “ Consumers are showing signs of being ready to pay for faster connections and the hybrid solution set is a cost effective way of getting relatively high speeds to them.”