SOURCE: Pike & Fischer

Pike & Fischer

January 07, 2010 15:16 ET

Broadband Sign-Ups to Fall by 10% in 2010, Forecast Shows

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - Approximately 4 million U.S. households will become new high-speed Internet customers this year, marking a 10% decline in subscriber growth compared to 2009, according to a new forecast by market research provider Pike & Fischer.

The total number of broadband-connected homes will exceed 77 million by the end of the year, representing about 65% of all U.S. households, P&F says in its new report, "Broadband Competition Outlook 2010."

With the economy still sputtering, both cable operators and telephone companies will see stunted growth in broadband Internet subscribers, but the telephone companies will face a particularly difficult year as they continue to lose DSL customers. While top telephone companies such as Verizon and AT&T are providing new fiber-optic Internet services that can exceed the speeds offered by cable, most of their service areas are covered only by DSL service, which consumers are increasingly spurning because its speeds are slower than cable. Thus, the telephone companies will add only about 1.7 million new broadband subscribers over the course of the year, P&F says. The cable industry will capture about 2.1 million new broadband subscribers, according to the report.

The current year will also see an uptick in adoption of next-generation wireless broadband services, particularly the WiMAX services being offered by Clearwire, P&F says. Top cable operators like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, along with Google and Intel, are investors in Clearwire and have agreed to market Clearwire services to their customers. Clearwire is also marketing its services through independent resellers and large electronics retail chains. The company stands to add 387,000 new subscribers to its WiMAX service during 2010, P&F analysts predict.

Pike & Fischer, a BNA business, offers a host of legal and business products covering the telecommunications industry. The report, "Broadband Competition Outlook 2010," is priced at $659 and is available for purchase at www.broadbandadvisoryservices.com. For analyst commentary or to request a briefing, contact Scott Sleek at 301-562-1530 x291 / ssleek@pf.com.

For information about Pike & Fischer's Broadband Advisory Services, visit www.broadbandadvisoryservices.com or contact Jonathan Wentworth Ping at 973-718-4703 / jping@pf.com.

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