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Asia to lead in broadband subscriber growth: IDC

The Asia Pacific region outside of Japan will lead the world in terms of broadband subscribers this year, industry monitor IDC said.

business Updated: Apr 09, 2003 15:50 IST

The Asia Pacific region outside of Japan will lead the world in terms of broadband subscribers this year as telecoms operators lower their toll charges and mobile users increase in number, an industry monitor said.

In particular, developing markets in China and Taiwan are poised to see sharp growth in broadband subscribers, International Data Corp (IDC) said in a report.

"Although the Korean market is reaching saturation in terms of subscriber base, other markets such as China and Taiwan are growing rapidly as more infrastructure is being made available to users, business and consumers alike," said Sandra Ng, regional vice president for communications and peripherals.

The efforts of Asian governments to push their economies to be more technology-oriented are also having an impact on the growth in broadband subscribers, IDC pointed out.

"The positive correlation between broadband subscriber growth and proactive government policy is widely acknowledged," IDC said.

"Many governments in the region have been pushing to develop their countries into knowledge-based economies and see broadband deployment and access as key catalysts," it said.

However, pricing and the quality of infrastructure will still play a crucial role in the take-up of broadband access in the region, IDC said.

"The potential in user terms is substantial in these markets. The key drivers including the right mix of pricing and infrastructure deployment have to be correctly played out to maximize the potential," it said.