According to a recent press release from Strategy Analysts, a global research and consulting firm, Pan European Internet Service Providers are finding it hard to grow organically as European markets have matured and leave little room for growth.
At the end of 2005, French firm France Telecom remained at the helm with 7.6 million broadband providers in Europe and a small number outside Europe - Wanadoo, France Telecom's Broadband arm operates in Madagascar, Mauritius, Jordan, Algeria and Morocco as well.
FT comes ahead of Telecom Italia, T-Online, Telefonica and AOL. In the UK, NTL/Telewest has grabbed the top spot. The consulting firm acknowledges that 2006 might be an even more troublesome period with many large broadband service providers - like Easynet or Homechoice - ripe for acquisition.
Overall, Strategy Analysts identified 76 large service providers providing broadband access to more than 52 million entities in twenty countries across Europe; that's a 53% increase on 2004. The total 2005 European broadband market was estimated at slightly more than 60 millions subscriptions.