In 2011, broadband grew faster than it has in five years. There are nearly 600 million people now signed up for broadband services, putting increased pressure for the provision of broadband on equipment and service providers. Will the industry be able to keep pace with demand?
According to this Market Watch report, growth is increasing throughout the world. The growth for 2011 was just over 12 percent with Russia showing the fastest adoption rates for broadband solutions. Russia almost doubled its broadband and IPTV (News
- Alert) subscribers in one year. Ukraine and Poland are also showing large numbers, as well as India, which had a 24 percent growth rate.
Asia is the largest region in terms of geographical coverage of current and prospective subscribers. Even in years when its growth is low, the size of the region will always make it a market that takes the largest shares when it comes to broadband solutions.
According to Broadband Forum's (News - Alert) year-end figures, there was an estimated 65.5 million broadband lines established last year, bringing the total to just less than 600 million. DSL, which has just over 60 percent of the overall market share, is the most popular broadband technology.
But there is a forecast of more hybrid fiber/DSL solutions entering the market. This is a smart choice because the hybrid solution allows the existing infrastructure to be used while delivering more bandwidth to consumers.
The adoption rates continue to climb as communities realize the economic growth associated with broadband solutions. Many governments around the globe are working to bring more broadband solutions into rural areas. Actelis is assisting in that effort by providing residential broadband solutions with universal broadband services.
Actelis' (News - Alert) Broadband Accelerators (BBAs) allows carriers to deliver broadband wherever POTS services are available. Residential areas that aren't getting the bandwidth they need or have no broadband services at all are benefiting from Actelis' BBAs, which are proving to be cost effective.
Actelis' broadband solutions carry benefits, including the ability to deliver higher bandwidth services on existing infrastructure, and in so doing, will help various governments meet their deployment goals of bringing broadband solutions to areas that were unreachable before. Actelis is also taking its broadband solutions to areas that will now be able to deliver video services, such as IPTV or OTT video.
Bandwidth improvements through the deployment of Actelis' BBAs have been in excess of 300 percent in some areas. The BBAs use small amounts of energy, are easily deployed, and are interoperable with standard ADSL, ADSL2, and ADSL2+. With Actelis, there is no need to completely redesign networks or deploy new infrastructure.
The customers' demands can be met by utilizing existing infrastructure at a manageable cost. The company’s broadband solutions allow governments to stop ignoring those hard-to-reach areas of their communities where bringing broadband solutions have been cost-prohibitive in the past.
Actelis is doing this through its BBAs that use existing DSLAM to extend coverage to that last 10 percent of locations that were traditionally unreachable through conventional means.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca