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Global xDSL Subscribers Pass 100m!
By: MarkJ - 11 March, 2005 (9:03 AM)

DSL Forum reports that annual growth in xDSL broadband subscribers approached 60% for 2004, topping 100m during February 2005. The UK alone added 2,280,770 new subscribers in 2004, taking the total to 4,100,000 - a growth of 125%:

Preliminary figures for 2004 reveal that people are choosing DSL for broadband access at the rate of one every second. Growth in DSL - the world's most popular broadband technology - approached 60%, with over 96 million global DSL subscribers by the year-end.

Newer broadband markets showed the fastest growth throughout 2004. Turkey, which is now approaching half a million DSL subscribers, showed 725% increase in the year, the Czech Republic 589% and Ireland 351%. Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand and Lithuania all experienced DSL subscriber growth of 100% or more.

Established DSL markets also sustained strong growth in subscriber numbers. China, the world's largest DSL population, saw a 2004 increase in DSL subscribers of more than 8.5 million. In the USA, one of the few countries where DSL does not yet dominate the broadband market, another 3.93 million DSL subscribers were added.

Rapid growth in European Union subscribers in both established and emerging broadband markets, reinforced the EU's position as the number one DSL region worldwide. France led the way with 3.25 million DSL subscribers added over the year. The UK grew by 2.8 million, Italy by 1.73 million and Germany by 1.4 million.

Tim Johnson of Point Topic said: "While ADSL continues to dominate current DSL connectivity, deployment increasingly includes newer DSL options. ADSL2plus is rapidly growing in Sweden, Norway and France, with trials beginning in the USA and services coming on-stream in the Netherlands in 2005. This is increasingly the basis for triple play services. VDSL had at least five million connections by the end of 2004 - mostly in South Korea, Japan and China. VDSL2, delivering 100 Mbps over a single phone line, may provide new impetus when that is standardised in May 2005. We are also starting to see increased roll out of symmetric DSL services, with 1.2 million subscribers worldwide by the end of 2004."

500m xDSL subscribers are now being targeted for 2010.

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