Future of fixed broadband remains bright: research

Even if mobile broadband has seen a stellar rise in deployment and subscription rates over the past year, fixed broadband will continue to see stable growth this year, research firm Frost & Sullivan reported Thursday.

Citing government-initiated projects as the reason for its continuous uptake, the firm said fixed broadband is projected to grow 17.3% to reach 182 million users by the end of 2009, clocking estimated billings of $44.9 billion, a rise of 13.3% over 2008.

Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Adeel Najam said he is expecting telcos to continue deploying basic xDSL infrastructure, spurring further growth in the fixed broadband space.

Najam believes, however, that the continuing rise of mobile broadband adoption will not make a dent on fixed broadband subscriptions in Asia Pacific. "In the age of convergence and multi-play services, both wireless and fixed broadband should be viewed as complementing technology to offer subscribers with blended services," he said.

"While mobile broadband has significantly lower throughput than fixed access, it provides residential users with the convenience of 'on-the-go' connectivity," he added.

New analysis from the same research house, on the other hand, said the broadband subscriber rate in the Asia Pacific region will grow at a CAGR of 14.1% annually within the period of 2009-2014.