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FTTH, FTTB set to overtake wireless in APAC by 2014: Ovum

National Broadband Network driving uptake in Australia

Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) are set to overtake the number of wireless internet connections in the Asia-Pacific region from 2014, Ovum has claimed.

The analyst firm predicts that FTTH and FTTB wireline broadband subscribers in the region will exceed 285 million in 2014 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26 per cent over four years, compared to 0 per cent for DSL and 5 per cent for cable modem for the same period.

Ovum principal analyst and co-author of the FTTH/FTTB Asia-Pacific Subscriber Forecast and Analysis report, Julie Kunstler, said despite a variety of growth patterns, Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is contributing positively to growth in the area.

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"Varying growth patterns across the different countries in Asia-Pacific are seen, reflecting the diversity of the region, Kunstler said.

"For example, Australia's FTTH and FTTB CAGR from 2010 to 2014 will be very high at 180 per cent, as they are starting from a low base and have plans for significant investment in the National Broadband Network, while Japan's growth will be lower, at 9 per cent, since its existing base is very high."

Listed telecommunications provider M2 Telecommunications (ASX: MTU), last week connected its first customer to the NBN, while a content and applications developer claimed the major driver for customers to sign onto the NBN will be high-speed adult content downloads.

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