Broadband value-added services up 74% in 2005
Consumer broadband value-added services (BVAS) revenues increased by 74% during 2005. At the start of the year, revenues were running at an annual rate of $6.9 bln. This had increased to $11.9 bln 12 months later. The contribution of value-added services to overall broadband revenues was bigger in 2005 than in 2004. The increase in value-added services revenues was steeper than the growth in the number of consumer broadband lines (49% increase to 183 mln lines) or total broadband access revenues (29% increase to $54 bln) during the same period, Point Topic reports.
Therefore, by the beginning of 2006, value-added services were adding an extra 22% to access revenues. This compares with a contribution of 18% at the start of 2005 and 10% at the start of 2004. For the year 2005 as a whole, Point Topic estimates that consumer BVAS revenues were $9.1 bln, with access revenues of $47.8 bln.