Consumer broadband value-added services up 81% in 2006
The market for consumer broadband value-added services (BVAS) grew by 81% during 2006, Point Topic reports. With over $16 billion in revenues, consumer BVAS became increasingly essential to the financial success of broadband services. Altogether, consumer BVAS brought in more than 25% as much revenue as basic broadband access during 2006. Telephone (Voice over IP, VoIP) and TV services (IPTV) and online gaming all did well. The run-rate for consumer BVAS revenues increased by almost 81% during 2006, from $11.9 billion at the start of the year to $21.6 billion at the end of the year. This was steeper than the growth rate for the number of consumer broadband lines (34% to 246 million) or the run-rate of broadband access revenues (32% to $71 billion) during 2006.