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Global Broadband Subscribers Reach 328.8 Million

Posted: 16th Jan, 2008 By: MarkJ
The latest statistics from Point-Topic have revealed that, by the end of Q3-2007, there were 328.8 million broadband subscribers worldwide. This equates to an increase of 4.72% in the quarter, down from Q2-2007's rise of 5.16%.

There was a general decrease in the uptake rate of new broadband subscribers across the globe, with North America being the only region to see an increased uptake over the previous quarter, albeit only a marginal difference of 0.15% (3.29%):

Percentage regional growth

Western Europe added the second highest number of new subscribers in the regional chart with 3.5 million, due mainly to strong numbers in Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain. The broadband market for the whole region (Western Europe) experienced subscriber growth of 4.05%.

Eastern Europe is still leader in percentage growth terms. In Q307 the subscriber base grew by 11.54% although this is down slightly in comparison with the 11.92% growth in the previous quarter. Net adds in Eastern Europe represent 10% of the global total, mainly due to the contributions of Russia, Romania and Poland.

Broadband users in Latin America grew steadily over the third quarter. In Q207 the growth was 8.86% while three months later it fell to 8.63% or 1.3 million net adds. This is approximately the same number of new subscribers added in the Asia Pacific region, however this equates to the lowest regional growth rate in Q3 2007 of 2.4% due to the higher base.

Although the percentage increase in South and East Asia was down on Q207 (6.14% in Q2 and 6.04% in Q3) the region reported the highest number of net adds with 3.9 million and with 3.5 million new broadband users China accounted for 90% of them.

Unsurprisingly the market is still dominated by cable (21.65%) and DSL (66%) based broadband technologies, while fibre (FTTx) lines continue to nudge their way slowly up the scale and accounted for 10.75%. The Top 10 countries by total broadband subscribers looked like this:

1. USA
2. China
3. Japan
4. Germany
5. UK
6. France
7. South Korea
8. Italy
9. Canada
10. Spain

In terms of Q3-2007 broadband additions, the UK managed to place fourth behind Germany in third, China in second and the USA in first; we had previously been languishing in eighth place. WiMAX and Mobile Broadband (3G) wireless services also saw growth, although specific statistics were not included.
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