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Global xDSL Broadband Customers Top 200m

Posted: 05th Jun, 2007 By: MarkJ
The latest statistics from 'DSL Forum' reveal that global xDSL (ADSL etc.) customers have topped the 200 million mark, with almost 20% living in China. Related research from Point-Topic has shown a 29% increase in the number of DSL customers over the past twelve months:

On a global scale, DSL remains by far the most popular broadband access technology and has held on to its market share of over 65 percent with subscriber numbers increasing by over six percent in the last quarter.
In comparison, subscribers in China rose by 11 percent over the same period and DSL now accounts for 73 percent of the Chinese broadband market. With over 37 million of the world's DSL subscribers, China is now the largest provider of DSL-based services and continues to develop and improve broadband service provision for users throughout the country.

"DSL is clearly the preferred method of delivering an efficient broadband service, particularly in China, and with the growing popularity of technologies such as IPTV we expect DSL subscriptions to continue to rise," comments Robin Mersh. "The DSL Forum's role continues to be focused on developing the full potential of DSL and alternative broadband technologies, and with over 200 million customers, our work now targets improvements in speed, quality of experience for IPTV, VoIP and the emerging market of fixed mobile convergence."

The UK currently remains at 6th place in the global DSL top 10 with just over 11m broadband subscribers (May 2007).
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