Global broadband subscribers inches up to 600 million

 Here are some highlights:

  • A total of 17.4 million broadband lines were added during Q3 2011.
  • China had 152.52 million subscribers at the end of Q3 2011 while the U.S. had 90.5 million.
  • At the end of Q3 there were a total of 54.4 million IPTV subscribers, up 6.06 percent over the previous quarter. France, China and USA are the top three IPTV regions. Russia is the fastest growing IPTV nation.
  • FTTx (including FTTH) technologies saw a sharp uptick during the quarter. FTTx alone added 19 million lines during the quarter. Broadband Forum says that now fiber technologies account for 16 percent of total broadband market share and will soon catch up to cable, which stands at 19.5 percent.

It would be interesting to see how the emergence of LTE — probably as a major market force by the end of 2012 — starts to impact the demand for wired broadband connections, especially in newer market with little or no legacy infrastructure.