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Global Broadband To Top 300m Subscribers

Posted: 13th Jun, 2007 By: MarkJ
The latest data from Point Topic’s 'Global Broadband Statistics' has revealed that there were 298 million worldwide broadband subscribers at the end of March 2007, suggesting that the 300m figure has already been passed!:

The regional data shows that Eastern Europe is continuing to grow strongly, and was the only region to record more than 10% growth in this quarter. Here Romania passed the one million subscriber mark helping Eastern European countries to post 3 of the 10 fastest growing countries worldwide (excludes countries with less than 100,000 lines in Dec 2006). Greece was the top grower in percentage terms expanding by 26.8% during the quarter.

The USA remains the largest broadband country in the world and passed its own milestone, exceeding 60 million subscribers (growing to 60.4 million) in the quarter with 2.9 million new broadband additions. China continues to push hard for the top spot however and has cut the gap to the US from 5.8 million at the end of 2006 to 4.1 million at end of March 2007.

The major mover, in the top 10 countries by number of subscribers, is France. They achieved the highest percentage growth rate, 9.36%, in this quarter, compared to other countries (see table) and leapfrogged South Korea to 5th place in the top ten chart for total broadband subscribers.

No. Country - End 2006 - End Q1 2007
1. USA - 57,488,226 - 60,362,830
2. China - 51,723,000 - 56,258,499
3. Japan - 25,882,100 - 26,533,000
4. Germany - 14,894,100 - 16,142,750
5. France - 13,994,400 - 15,304,900
6. South Korea - 14,042,698 - 14,102,888
7. UK - 13,111,600 - 13,953,000
8. Italy - 8,826,803 - 9,348,250
9. Canada - 7,735,621 - 8,010,139
10. Spain - 6,726,756 - 7,185,932

It’s worth remembering that xDSL (ADSL etc.) technology accounts for roughly 65% of the overall figure.
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