Worldwide consumer broadband connections will grow from 323 million connections in 2007 to 499 million by 2012, acc...
July 25, 2008
Worldwide consumer broadband connections will grow from 323 million connections in 2007 to 499 million by 2012, according to Gartner Inc.
Five countries exceeded 60% broadband penetration into the home in 2007 and this is expected to grow to 17 countries by 2012.
The five are Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Korea and Hong Kong.
“Depending on the specific market conditions, availability of Internet-enabled devices and the continued impact of broadband on consumer lifestyles, we expect some markets will have a broadband ceiling at 80% penetration or greater,” said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner.
“Broadband penetration will increase especially in the geographically larger markets as current broadband providers continue to deploy their services as newer technologies (wireless broadband, such as Wi-Max) attract subscribers, and as users experience firsthand how speed enhances their Internet sessions.”