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DSL dominates global broadband subscriber growth, report finds

The number of DSL subscribers worldwide grew by more than 30% last year to reach close to 185 million and global br...


March 27, 2007  


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The number of DSL subscribers worldwide grew by more than 30% last year to reach close to 185 million and global broadband subscribers increased to more than 281 million, according to the latest statistics prepared for the international DSL Forum by industry analyst firm Point Topic.

According to Point Topic, this means that an increase of 67 million people subscribed to broadband in 2006 — with almost two-thirds of new subscribers selecting digital subscriber line technology (DSL) to deliver their broadband services.

Worldwide, DSL remains the most popular broadband access technology with a 65.7% market share. It accounts for almost 88% of all broadband subscribers in the Middle East and Africa — the fastest growing broadband region –and 81% in the European Union (EU).

The EU added more than 17.6 million DSL subscribers last year to maintain its position as the world’s number one broadband and DSL region.

The report notes that of the other broadband access technologies, fiber to the home (FTTx), now delivers more than 10% of broadband services across the world. Less than 1% of broadband is delivered by satellite, accounting for 784,750 subscribers.