Home  › Stats › Audience/Traffic

Worldwide Broadband Accounts Continue to Rise

  |  January 3, 2006   |  Comments

The U.K. surpassed France in broadband lines late in 2005, while the U.S. led all other countries.

Worldwide broadband lines are expected to exceed 205 million by close of 2005, according to research by U.K.-based Point Topic. The total includes subscriptions over DSL (define), cable modem, and other broadband lines.

Subscriber lines reached 190.3 million in Q3 2005, up 25 percent from 152.4 million active subscriptions lines at the end of 2004. That's 37.9 million new lines added between December 31, 2004, and September 30, 2005. Though broadband subscriber rates continue to increase, a quarterly decline in growth from 7.9 percent in Q1 2005 to 7.3 percent in Q2 indicates a tapering of new broadband lines globally. Recent reports identified the trend in the U.S. market, as well.

In Europe, France led in broadband subscriber lines, with the U.K. coming in a close second. France closed the third quarter with 8.9 million lines, and the U.K. ended with 8.6 million. Yearend totals for each country show the U.K. is expected to have 9.8 million broadband lines to France's 9.7 million.

Top Broadband Countries by Growth December 31 2004 September 30 2004
Click on graphic to view chart
The region to watch is the Middle East and Africa, identified as the fastest-growing region with a 16.5 percent gain in Q3 2005. Turkey, Morocco, and South Africa each gained 30 percent during the quarter. Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait are the leaders in the Arab World.

Latin America and Eastern Europe are the next fast-growing regions. Argentina and Mexico together added 16 percent to its subscriber lines in the third quarter. Brazil experienced a 13.4 percent gain for the same period. In Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Slovakia show signs of growth after a slow broadband adoption rate.

Top Broadband Countries by Number of Lines Q4 2004 and Q3 2005
Click on graphic to view chart
The U.S. continues to support the largest volume of broadband with 46.9 million lines. Following closely are China with 35.9 million subscriber lines and Japan with 26.4 million.

The quarterly "World Broadband Statistics" report covers 87 countries and tracks the number of lines serving broadband through DSL, cable modems, and other technologies.

ClickZ Live Chicago Join the Industry's Leading eCommerce & Direct Marketing Experts in Chicago
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 4 days and 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda and register by Friday, August 29 to take advantage of Super Saver Rates!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Enid Burns

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Stats delivers stats headlines to your inbox twice a week. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

BigDoor: The Marketers Guide to Customer Loyalty

The Marketer's Guide to Customer Loyalty
Customer loyalty is imperative to success, but fostering and maintaining loyalty takes a lot of work. This guide is here to help marketers build, execute, and maintain a successful loyalty initiative.

Marin Software: The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising

The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.

Jobs

    • Sales Planner
      Sales Planner (Verve ) - New YorkAbout Verve   Verve is the leader in location powered mobile advertising. We manage one of the largest mobile...
    • Systems Analyst/Support
      Systems Analyst/Support (Agora Inc. ) - BaltimoreIRIS (Increased Revenue Intuitive Software ) is proprietary software that helps marketers...
    • Client Services Support Specialist
      Client Services Support Specialist (Agora Inc. ) - Delray Beach OVERVIEW:  This position requires a highly motivated and resourceful individual...