Point Topic reveals that there were 714 million fixed-line broadband subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2014. The analyst reported 1.1 percent growth between October and December from 706 million at the end of Q3 2014.
The US recorded the newest broadband subscribers during Q4 2014, followed by China, Russia, the Philippines, the UK, Brazil, and France. Point Topic noted that the 1.1 percent growth rate was down slightly on 1.2 percent during the previous quarter and 1.4 percent in Q2 2014.
The analyst’s latest report indicates that more consumers and businesses around the world are adopting fiber-optic broadband. A 58.7 percent rise in the number of full-fiber connections was witnessed between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014, along with an 18.3 percent increase in hybrid-fiber links.
At the same time, the number of traditional copper lines decreased by 9.0 percent; a sign that many customers are upgrading to super-fast broadband. Wireless broadband connections increased by 15.6 percent, while there was an 11.0 percent rise in satellite lines and a 6.4 percent boost for cable technology.