Emerging markets to rack up 135m new broadband lines by 2014

Gartner predicts that broadband connections in countries such as China, India and the Middle East will double the number from mature markets over the next five years

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Emerging markets to rack up 135m new broadband lines by 2014 Gartner - one in five households worldwide will have a fixed broadband connection by the end of 2009.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 30, 2009

Gartner predicts that new broadband connections from emerging markets will reach 135 million over the next five years.

Connections from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Latin American countries, Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa will double those from mature markets (135 million vs.62 million respectively).

The market research specialists also believe that one in five households worldwide will have a fixed broadband connection (cable modem, DSL, etc.) by the end of this year.

From 442 million households with a connection in 2009, the market is expected to grow to nearly 580 million in the next few years.

"Multiple motivations are conspiring to keep broadband growth strong, such as PCs being more affordable, migration from dial-up, affordably priced broadband subscriptions, aging populations requiring broadband connectivity, and even as a result of an economic boost from country-specific economic and broadband-specific stimulus plans," Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Gartner analysts say it's unlikely that broadband household penetration in emerging markets will catch up with mature markets within the next 10 years.

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