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Broadband booms worldwide

Posted: 16 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband  statistics  subscriber 

The number of broadband subscribers continues to grow worldwide, according to the World Broadband Statistics Report of Point Topic Ltd. As of 2007, there are over 349.98 million subscribers, with 69 million people signing up for services last year.

Subscriber growth

By country, the United States has the highest number of subscribers, 72.9 million at the end of Q4. China comes in second with 66.5 million subscribers, up 5.4 per cent from Q3.

This comes to 3.41 million new subscribers in Q4, giving China the most number of new subscribers for the quarter of that year.

Figure 1: Broadband users overflow

As for the countries with the highest quarterly percentage growth rates—tallying only countries with 100,000 or more subscribers by end of Q4—Pakistan emerged on top with 35 per cent growth. Vietnam followed with almost 25 per cent growth. Of these countries, India had the most number of new subscribers over the quarter, with 454,000 new broadband users.

Figure 2: Broadband enthusiasts

In terms of technology, digital subscriber line (DSL) is the most prevalent with over 166 million subscribers. Cable modem is second with over 59 million subscribers, and fibre-to -the-x (FTTx) is third with over 33 million subscribers. Point Topic, however, observes that technological preference varies by country. DSL is the key technology in China, whereas in the U.S. cable modem users are more common, and FFTx ruled in Japan as of the end of Q4.

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