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82m Global Broadband Users For 2003
By: MarkJ - 01 December, 2003 (12:34 PM)

Last week Sam Paltridge, a communications analyst with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), stated that the end of 2003 should see a global total of 82 million broadband subscribers:

Asia has been the leader in broadband with Korea in the fore, followed by Japan. There’s a wide range of performance versus price. For example, Sweden is offering 100Mbps with 300GB per month which is cheaper than other countries with far less performance.

Japan has very inexpensive DSL from a number of companies, he said. The first country to break the mould in Europe was a Swedish supplier offering 26Mbps for just under $50.

About 75% of households in the OECD group of countries have DSL availability. The problem is getting to the last 10/20 per cent. He said the OECD is very optimistic about fixed wireless. One wireless ISP, Xtratyme in Minnesota, covers 17% of the geographical area of Minnesota.


Sweden’s 26Mbps offering puts most other operators to shame, more @ The Inquirer.


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