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9.5M Homes Get Broadband By 2008

Posted: 17th Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
Forrester Research has today released a new study that predicts how 9.5 million UK households will have broadband Internet access by 2008, with ADSL dominating over all other standards. Sadly it may still not be enough:

But the prediction that 9.5 million British households will be connected to higher speed networks in five years time stills leave Britain lagging Scandinavia and the Netherlands in Net connectivity in 2008, according to Forrester's predictions. It reckons Britain will be outpaced by its neighbours in the broadband market because the price difference between narrowband and broadband connections in the UK is still too high.

Across Europe, Forrester estimates that by 2008 30 percent of homes will have broadband, a figure that will represent 57 per cent of the online population five years hence. However access to fast Internet connections will be far from evenly distributed across the continent.

"Europe's broadband riches will be unevenly split along a clear north/south divide, with 2008 penetration varying from five percent in Greece to 45 percent in Norway," said Forrester Senior Analyst Lars Godell. "Scandinavia and the Netherlands will dominate the ratings; German-speaking Europe, Belgium, Finland, and the UK will form a second tier; and Southern Europe [including France] and Ireland will continue to lag."


Interestingly the research also predicts that broadband ADSL connections will dominate over their closest cable-modem competitors.

That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise because it's harder to lay fibre than upgrade an existing telephone exchange. ADSL is expected to claim 71% of all broadband connections by 2008. More @ The Register.
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