According to an interview with Robin Mersh – Chief Operating Officer, Broadband Forum, on the Total Telecom website reporting from the TotalTelevision Live show from Singapore, there are now 484 million broadband subscribers globally.
Although he gives no definition of what constitutes ‘broadband’ this is impressive.
What’s even more impressive is the fact that in Asia there are now 50 million subscribers connected to fibre networks. And as to be expected, China now boasts the largest number of broadband and IPTV subscribers globally.
Assuming that we in the West still retain a desire in matching such capabilities (as opposed to the Digital Britain report with its staggeringly unambitious 2-4 megabit broadband connections across the UK) this suggests that for all of us who are interested in the future of innovation enabled by the Internet, Asia must become the focus of research. The sociology of such connected behaviours, for example, will provide new insights for anticipating new needs, problems and possibilities.
Look East young innovators!