SINGAPORE Fiber to the home (FTTH) is a market on the rise within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to a new study by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The report finds that different markets within the region are currently in different stages of broadband growth. ABI Research Analyst Serene Fong notes: "While broadband adoption is increasing within APAC, growth is not homogeneous across all countries in the region. For instance, Hong Kong is one of the early adopters of FTTH and has the largest FTTH household penetration, currently 21 percent. On the other hand, countries such as China and India are still struggling to encourage greater broadband usage." The report shows that most FTTH activity is still in the more developed countries within the region in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.

Broadband penetration in the APAC region is still relatively low compared to the rest of the world. Fong explains "Demand is largely determined by CPE and infrastructure costs. Consumers are also looking out for sufficiently rich multimedia content to justify their subscriptions. But the irony is that carriers are also waiting to ride on economies of scale in order to offer more attractive and affordable packages." The research report is entitled "Fiber Optic Services for Residences in APAC Markets," and it analyzes six main markets Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and India. It addresses market activities and technology deployments within the three major wireline platforms, DSL, cable broadband, and FTTx. It also includes key operator and vendor profiles, examines the claims and pitfalls of the various technologies, and explores the factors that influence deployments of FTTH services.

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