Asia will move rapidly beyond first-generation broadband networks by rolling out home fibre internet services with speeds of up to 100Mbps, according to analyst forecasts.
About five million people in Asia had Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connections at the end of last year, the vast majority of them in Japan, with a smaller number in South Korea.
The rest of the world will continue to lag behind Asia in ultra-high speed fibre internet services, according to The Diffusion Group.
"Asians are the most bandwidth-hungry consumers in the world. Young urban professionals, in particular, have come to view residential fibre connectivity as a status symbol," said the research firm.
In addition, Asia's very high population density makes it easier and cheaper for operators to roll out networks, compared to areas like the US where a significant proportion of the population is spread out over a wide area.
Observers have suggested that Asia's network operators are preparing their FTTH infrastructure for lucrative media distribution services, like IPTV and video on demand.
Other services, like high quality video phone calls, are also expected to be heavy bandwidth consumers.
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