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EU Broadband xDSL Growth Doubles

Posted: 24th Jun, 2006 By: MarkJ
New Point Topic and DSL Forum research shows that the European Union (EU) added more than 17.1m DSL subscribers in the 12 months to 31st March 2006, reaching a total figure of 52,756,037 – (47.97% growth). Meanwhile the UK added 2.94m new DSL subscribers (7.93m total) for the same period:

The EU is the world’s number one DSL region worldwide, accounting for almost 35% of all DSL subscribers.

UK:

* The UK added 2.94 million new DSL subscribers in the 12 months to 31 March 2006, bringing the total figure to more than 7.93 million – a growth of almost 59%

* The UK is the 6th ranked country worldwide by total DSL subscribers

* The UK is the 7th fastest growing of the established DSL populations globally (countries with more than one million DSL subscribers by 31 March 2006) by percentage growth

* Of the countries with more than one million DSL subscribers, the UK is the 10th ranked country in terms of market penetration, with 22.5% of all telephone lines (per 100 lines) delivering DSL services

Thriving DSL SURGES PAST 150 million worldwide subscribers:

- 39% growth in global DSL subscriptions in 12 months to March 2006
- 22 countries now with more than one million subscribers

Worldwide DSL subscriptions surged past the 150 million mark in the twelve months to 31 March 2006, according to the latest data produced for the international DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic. This growth of 39% in the year means that more than 43 million business and residential users selected DSL (digital subscriber line) for broadband access, with 11.5 million new subscribers signing up to DSL in the first quarter of 2006.

“DSL continues to grow with the subscriber demand for broadband residential and business services”, said Michael Brusca, chairman and president of the DSL Forum. “This is driven by the global demand for multiple applications – including new video and voice services. The DSL Forum has been providing the tools to help service providers build the networks that employ effective management and provisioning of value-added broadband services, which has resulted in increased take and customer satisfaction.”

At the end of the first quarter of 2006, there were 22 countries with more than one million DSL subscribers – seven nations reached the figure in the twelve months to 31 March 2006.

China added almost ten million new subscribers in the 12 months to March 2006 – three million in the first quarter of 2006 alone – and is now close to the 30 million DSL subscriber mark. Both Germany (up 3.8 million) and France (up three million) now have more than 10 million DSL subscribers.

Of the established nations, with more than one million DSL subscribers as at 31 March 2006, India topped the percentage growth ranking, increasing its subscriber base by more than 700% in twelve months. Significant subscriber increases were also made in Turkey (190% increase), Mexico (99%) and Australia (84.6%). Pakistan growth (484%) led the way in countries with less than one million DSL subscribers, with Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria all experiencing DSL growth of more than 200%.

Regionally, the European Union (EU) reinforced its position as the world’s leading DSL region. The EU added more than 17 million new DSL subscribers in the period to reach 52.8 million – at a growth of 48% – extending its global share of the DSL subscriber market to almost 35%.

Of the emerging DSL regions, a significant subscriber increase was seen in the Middle East and Africa, which more than doubled its subscriber base to reach 3.45 million – led by Turkey (up 1.84 million) and Israel (up 830,000). Latin America reached a total of seven million DSL subscribers by 31 March 2006, and now makes up 5% of global DSL subscriptions. Brazil and Mexico accounted for 74% of the region’s total growth, adding 1.2 million and 909,000 new DSL subscribers respectively.

In North America, the USA added 5.6 million new DSL subscribers, at a growth of almost 34% – far outstripping the growth of cable modem access in the same period (up 21.9%). DSL also extended its market share in Canada, now accounting for 49% of the country’s broadband connectivity.

Fourteen established DSL nations have now achieved a market penetration of more than 20% of telephone lines delivering DSL broadband services to homes and businesses – the DSL Forum’s first stage target for a global broadband DSL mass market.


DSL may be a wonderful technology, which is no doubt responsible for improving the Internet access of many who read this (ourselves included), yet it also has limits. Hopefully governments and operators don’t get too use to it, thus neglecting the need for a completely new system (Fibre To The Home?).
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