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Delivering growing opportunities for over-the-top (OTT) providers, fixed broadband penetration increased by 6.1% over the last year, research from Dataxis has

dataxis broadband 23 may 2018The survey found that during 2017 broadband lines grew by 6.1% throughout the region, reaching 72.4 million connections. The growth rate is similar to the figure observed during 2016 (6.3%).

For the first time, broadband fixed accesses neared pay-TV subscriptions. According to Dataxis estimations, 2017 ended with nearly 73.4 million pay-TV homes in the region.

According to the analysis, broadband penetration over households reached 41.5% in 2017, adding one point and a half to 2016’s penetration rate.

DSL was still the most used technology with a market share of 48.1%, but it continued losing share to cable (38.6% of market share) and specially for optical fibre that reached a share of 13.3% (up 3.5 percentage points).

Most of large telcos have fibre plans for the region’s main markets, including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

However, there are disparities in connections between the main markets of the region. “Chile, Mexico and Argentina have a penetration rate exceeding 50% whereas Colombia is located in the regional average and Brazil is almost 6 points below the average - but has the highest growth rate,” concluded Dataxis’ analyst Camille Dupont.