Despite the economic downturn, the global broadband market remained healthy in 2009, according to ABI Research.

Fixed broadband service revenue totaled $164 billion in 2009, an increase from $145 billion in 2008, according to the research firm. “The increasing demand for broadband helps increase subscriber numbers as well as service revenue,” ABI Research Practice Director Jason Blackwell said in a statement.

“Global fixed broadband service revenue is expected to exceed $210 billion in 2014,” he said.
Among the broadband technologies, DSL still maintains the largest market share, followed by cable and fiber broadband. Service revenue for DSL broadband totaled nearly $100 billion in 2009. ABI Research expects DSL broadband service revenue to reach just over $103 billion in 2014 with a CAGR of 0.6% from 2009 to 2014.
Recently, many operators are improving DSL broadband by deploying VDSL, which is cheaper to deploy than fiber as carriers can use existing copper infrastructure.

“The higher speed of VDSL broadband helps operators to provide more services such as video on demand and interactive gaming. That can help to generate more revenue for operators,” Research Associate Khin Sandi Lynn stated. “Some operators currently offering VDSL are Telus Canada, O2 Czech, OTE Greece and Tele2 Netherlands.”

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