250K DSL lines were transferred to fiber in Q4 2006
In Q4 2006, the migration from DSL service to FTTx continued. In particular, among the countries where Value Added-Services (VAS) such as IPTV is gaining popularity, the degree of migration is higher and more apparent. South Korea, one of the pioneers in fibre based service, continues to show a successive decline in its DSL subscriber base since early 2005. The total number of DSL lines churned out in Q4 2006 was 300,000 while 432,000 new FTTx lines were added, boosting the country’s FTTx to a total of 3.4 mln, representing an increase in market share from 21.4% to 24.2%. As part of the on-going FTTB deployment program, the Taiwanese incumbent Chunghwa added 97,000 new FTTB lines over the quarter, of which 30,000 were line migration from DSL. Although DSL technology is still dominating the broadband market in Taiwan, the market share is gradually coming down, from 89.4% in the first half of 2006 to 85.9% in Q4 2006. Similarly, in Japan, the sign of migration of DSL subscribers to FTTx started at the beginning of in 2007, till now there has been over 225,000 DSL lines being transferred to fibre-based services. At the same time, the number of new FTTx subscribers is growing steadily with a year-on-year growth of 69.0%, Point Topic says.