Asia is the world's fastest growing regional broadband market, with carriers in five countries aggressively deploying fiber to the home and neighborhood (FTTX) infrastructures, according to new research from In-Stat.
In China, Japan and South Korea, in particular, carriers are finding that fiber to the home and neighborhood is an efficient and cost-effective way to introduce consumer broadband to support advanced services. These include voice over IP and Internet television (IPTV), with online gaming and video-on-demand seen as potent drivers in Korea..
According to In-Stat, the rapidly-growing broadband markets in China and Australia specifically offer huge growth potential for equipment and service players interested in establishing a foothold in Asia-Pacific.
"Foreign investors may not need to build up networks or provide services on their own," In-Stat analyst Victor Liu said in a statement. "Instead, content developers and value-added services providers may have better revenue prospects if they work closely with broadband service providers who lead the adoption of FTTX in those markets."