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Broadband connections cross 50 crore

Posted: 23 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Broadband Forum said global broadband subscribers reached 49.80 crore lines by the end of June 2010, or 2.63 per cent growth from the first quarter and 11.99 per cent more than in the second quarter of 2009.

The number of broadband connections around the world surpassed the 50 crore mark two months ago, according to the Broadband Forum in its "Global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update" released at its quarterly meeting in Hong Kong, the Broadband Forum stated that the milestone was reached in the third week of July.

China, including Hong Kong and Macau, accounted for some 43 per cent of net broadband lines added in Q2 2010, or some 54.70 lakh lines. Its 12.06 crore broadband lines make up 24 per cent of the global total. Asia accounts for nearly 41% of the world total, followed by Europe (30 per cent) and the Americas (26 per cent).

In Western Europe, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey saw strong growth while Central and South American markets reported quarterly growth of 5 per cent to 7 per cent. North America, on the other hand, saw significant decreases in new broadband connections.

Russia recorded strong broadband growth and even outstripped Brazil, which is seeing frequent stops and starts.

Broadband Forum's update also states that IPTV subscription is seeing strong growth, with 23 lakh new customers bringing the total to 3.85 crore by the end of Q2 2010.

China's net additions of 421,000 ranked it second behind Europe and just ahead of the United States (65 lakh). China has some 67 lakh IPTV connections.

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