ABI Research calls Broadband Internet access a defining characteristic of advanced industrialized economies. ABI forecasts the total number of DSL and cable broadband users globally will grow by approximately 9% annually over the next five years, reaching 480 million subscribers by 2012.
Broadband research analyst Serene Fong, of ABI Research's Asia bureau, says that the subscriber base in the Asia-Pacific region will grow substantially over the same period, outperforming other areas. The growth will be fueled primarily by China.
Broadband DSL, according to ABI, will continue to outperform cable broadband across the globe leveraging existing telecommunications infrastructure.