APAC countries to support overall fixed communications market growth

Emerging markets in the region to help fuel growth.

Fixed communications service revenue in Asia-Pacific (APAC) is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6 per cent to reach US$209.4bn in 2025, supported by the growing fixed broadband service adoption, particularly in the emerging markets of the region, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

An analysis of GlobalData’s APAC Fixed Communications Forecast Pack reveals that APAC is a moderately developed region in terms of fixed broadband adoption, with fixed broadband account penetration of population reaching 17.2 per cent at year-end 2020.

By 2025, fixed broadband account penetration in the region will expand to an estimated 20.7 per cent, mostly driven by the increasing service adoption in emerging countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Thailand, where governments have embarked on ambitious broadband development plans.

Fixed broadband market in APAC will be led by fibre broadband segment, which continues to grow in the region. Fibre optic access lines will account for about 58.3 per cent of the total fixed access lines in the developed APAC region by 2025 while its share in the total fixed lines in the emerging APAC markets will be at a relatively higher 78.9 per cent.

Sree Venkatesh senior analyst of Telecoms Market Data and Intelligence at GlobalData said the ongoing rollouts of fibre-to-home (FTTH) services and growing demand for high-speed broadband services in key markets will continue to drive the overall fixed broadband services market in the region.”

China, part of the developing block of countries, is currently the largest broadband market in the whole APAC region, accounting for 70.3 per cent of the total fixed broadband accounts at year-end 2020, which translates into a penetration rate of 35.9 per cent of population, substantially above the regional average.

China’s high broadband penetration levels are supported by the implementation of an ambitious national broadband plan (Broadband China), which aimed to achieve 70 per cent penetration of households by year-end 2020.

Voice telephony penetration of population in APAC was 11.6 per cent at end-2020 and will grow to 15.5 per cent by 2025. While circuit switched telephony lines will decline at a CAGR of -4.3 per cent over the forecast period 2020-2025, packet switched telephony lines will increase at a CAGR of 11.7 per cent, as various fibre roll-out programs across APAC encourage consumers to switch to VoIP.

“Despite the increase in the overall voice telephony access lines in the region, fixed voice revenue will continue to decline over the forecast period in line with the steady drop in fixed voice average revenue per user (ARPU) on account of increasing mobile voice and OTT voice usage,” noted Venkatesh.






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