March 2006

Worldwide broadband Statistics Q3 2005

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The latest world broadband statistics Q3 2005 from Point Topic reveals East Asia leads   broadband penetration in the world, after United States of America (USA). Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore are regarded as the leading “Asian Tiger” countries with significant amounts of export by their electronics industry, and also as the “Net Tigers” when it comes to the Internet. However, in the case of broadband, China is the sole front-runner followed by  Japan. At current rates China will overtake the US in Q4 2006 as the largest broadband country in the world.

This analysis is taken from the quarterly Point Topic report on World broadband statistics. This series of Point Topic’s quarterly World Broadband Statistics reports. The series originated with the DSL reports first published in June 2002 (Q2 2002), which were eventually  expanded to include cable modems and other technologies from Q2 2003. Whereas the previous report covered some 75 countries, this edition covered 87. This indicates global  availability of broadband and its universal appeal as an ICT service.

The country ranking in Figure 1 shows that the four biggest countries have held their places in Q305. The USA remains the largest broadband market with over 40.9m lines. China comes in second place reaching 35.0m lines and Japan is third with 20.9m lines. South Korea is some way behind with just over 12.0 m lines, but is now being gained on by the bigger Western European countries – France, UK and Germany, which have all passed 8m lines.

Whilst in Q2 2005 France with 8.3m lines was still clearly ahead of the UK (8m lines) and Germany (7.9m lines), the UK has now almost caught up with France as Europe’s biggest broadband nation, only 70,000 broadband accesses behind. The UK added nearly 2.8m lines since 31 Dec 2004 and has grown significantly faster than both France and Germany during 2005.

Figure 2 shows the number of lines added in Q3 2005. China added 3.6m – somewhat more than the USA, which added 2.7m lines. The UK having added 1.9m lines in Q1 and Q2, has added an additional 0.9m lines. Three representatives of the G7 follow it: Germany (0.63m), Japan (0.63m) and France (0.60m).

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