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Broadband lines have reached 123 million mark: Point Topic:

Broadband continues to be the world's most rapidly growing major market with the number of broadband lines worldwid...

September 24, 2004  

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Broadband continues to be the world’s most rapidly growing major market with the number of broadband lines worldwide increasing by almost 55% to over 123 million during a 12-months period ending in June.

A survey by Point Topic Ltd. revealed that DSL lines increased by over 30 million, or 66%, to 78 million. Cable modem and other broadband lines increased by nearly 13 million, or 39%, to 45 million.

"One big feature of the market in the last year is the growth of broadband services over fibre, so called ‘Fibre-to-the-building’, FTTB, or FTTx to cover all the options," the U.K. research firm said.

"The FTTx share of ‘other broadband’ lines accounted for 9 million lines by 30 June, or 7.3%. Other technologies, mainly fixed wireless access and satellite, accounted for less than 0.3% of the total."

The study notes that Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Switzerland are already in the 15 lines per 100 area. In these countries at least, broadband is established as a mature market and in sight of saturation, Point Topic said.

The U.S. is still well in the lead as the world’s biggest broadband country, with over 29 million lines. China as growing faster but still 10 million lines behind. Growth in Japan is starting to level off and Korea is already almost static in total broadband numbers.

"Canada, Germany and France are all very close together with about 5.1 million lines each while the UK is about 750,000 lines behind, but growing faster," it said.

"Italy has now overtaken Taiwan to be ninth out of the top ten, so the world’s top nine broadband countries are now the top seven economies plus China and South Korea."