China and India to drive fixed broadband growth

The number of fixed broadband homes globally will reach 745 million in 2017, up from an expected 578 million at the end of this year, according to a report from Digital TV Research.

Of the 167 broadband additions over the next five years, China and India are expected to supply 57% of the total between them, according to the report. China will remain the top fixed broadband nation with 251 million homes, up from 120 million in 2010, while the US will be in second place with 101 million, up by 20 million.

The growth will take global fixed broadband penetration to 49.2%, up from 40.3% at the end of 2012.

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