Market Trends

Analysis of Asia-Pacific Broadband Indicates Overall Market Growth Despite Recession

Charlottesville, VA, August 2, 2010—In a recent analysis of the Asia-Pacific broadband market SNL Kagan found that despite recessionary pressures, the region’s broadband subscriber base grew 17.7% to 181.4 million in 2009 compared to 154.1 million in 2008, with a household penetration of 22.2% at year-end 2009. SNL Kagan forecasts the market will continue to grow, increasing from 208.8 million households at year-end 2010 to 352.5 million by 2015, a five-year CAGR of 11%.

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WiMAX makes its mark in the Arab World: 11 Arab countries host 26 commercially launched WiMAX operators

 Amman, Jordan, July 15, 2010—As of the  end of June 2010, 26 out of 55 operators licensed to offer WiMAX offered the service. WiMAX is commercially available in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE. Moreover, Yemen and Oman are slated to WiMAX services in the second half of 2010. 


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MRG Reports Global IPTV Service Revenues to Reach US$46 Billion by 2014

San Jose, CA, July 15,2010—The Multimedia Research Group, Inc. (MRG) announced that its updated report on global annual growth shows IPTV subscribers will reach 102 million in 2014, a 25% CAGR. Despite economic hardship in some countries, robust Broadband and IPTV investments have been driving growth as a means to meet and outperform Cable and Satellite competition. IPTV Operators are using Fiber in high-competition markets and advanced DSL such as channel bonding and VDSL2 in other (less competitive) markets. As a result, Telcos have been discreetly improving their IPTV bandwidth capacity to sub-markets that need upgrades without overspending in markets that don’t require immediate upgrading.


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DTH, HD and 3D Driving Growth in the Asia-Pacific Market

by Virgil Labrador, Editor-in-Chief

Singapore, June 18, 2010--This year's CommunicAsia in Singapore held earlier this month had a different feel to it. I've been attending CommunicAsia for nearly 15 years now and there was an air of optimism that was borne by real prospects in this growing market.

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Asia Leads the Way in Broadband Growth

Singapore, June 16, 2010--Broadband subscription growth took an upswing during the first quarter of 2010, supported in part by healthy DSL growth in every region, strong fiber rollouts in Asia and aggressive IPTV service offerings. These statistics were revealed today by the Broadband Forum at a CommunicAsia press conference, in conjunction with research by industry analysts Point Topic. 

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Global Pay-TV Subscribers to Grow 7%-Asia-Pacific Leads Growth

Singapore, June 7, 2010--More than 719 million pay-TV subscribers are expected to sign up in 2010 as the economic recovery continues to gain momentum, according to latest forecasts from ABI Research. Digital Home industry analyst Michael Inouye notes, "ABI Research estimates that worldwide pay-TV subscriber numbers will surpass 719 million by the end of 2010 as novel solutions such as Google TV move from trial to commercial launch."

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Opportunities and Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Satellite Market

Editor, Asia-Pacific

Manila, June 1, 2010-With almost 3.8 billion people, the Asia-Pacific accounts for over 60 percent of the world population. China and India alone has about 40 percent of the world’s total. Given the rising incomes and improving economic conditions, Asia continues to draw satellite service vendors and equipment manufacturers who are always on the lookout for new opportunities.

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Opportunities in the South East Asian Broadband Market for Satellite Services

by Tom van der Heyden

Bangkok, June 1, 2010-Connecting the growing mobile and wireless infrastructure in Asia to the World Wide Web is by far the best potential long term market for satellite capacity in this part of the world after television broadcast driven requirements. Our data collection, research and resulting analysis shows that over the next 2 – 5 years internet driven markets will represent 25 – 35% of the South East Asian satellite broadband customer base and by the year 2020 this market will have grown to represent 80% - 90% of the customer base.  

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Report Highlights China’s Telecom Consumer Trends

Shanghai, May 18, 2010--With the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai is shining a spotlight on China’s past, present and future. A new Ericsson ConsumerLab report is turning that spotlight onto the consumer behavior powering the growth, potential and diversity of the world’s biggest telecom market. The report, released in conjunction with the Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) Business Innovation Forum in Shanghai from May 17-19, explores the behaviors, trends and circumstances of China’s nearly 800 million mobile phone subscribers and 380 million internet users. They cover every possible socioeconomic niche and every level of technical prowess.

Asia Mobile Subscribers Top 2 Billion in 2009

Singapore, May 17, 2010-There were 2.04 billion mobile subscribers at the end of 2009 in Asia and this translated into a significant 22.7% growth over the year. By the end of 2009, mobile accounted for 79.7% of all telephone connections in the region, compared with 60.1% in 2005. The number of mobile subscribers is forecasted to have grown by an average of 10.6% to 3.4 billion by the end of 2014 and at that time, mobile penetration should have reached 94.3%.