According to the most recent data from Point Topic’s Global Broadband Statistics service there were 298 million broadband subscribers worldwide at the end of March 2007.
“Given the prevailing growth rates it is safe to assume the number has now passed 300 million,” says Katja Mueller, Research Director at Point Topic.
The regional data shows that Eastern Europe is continuing to grow strongly, and was the only region to record more than 10% growth in the quarter. Here Romania passed the one million subscriber mark helping Eastern European countries to post 3 of the 10 fastest growing countries worldwide (excludes countries with less than 100,000 subscribers in Dec 2006). Greece was the top grower in percentage terms expanding by 26.8% during the quarter.
The USA remains the largest broadband country in the world and passed its own milestone, exceeding 60 million subscribers (growing to 60.4 million) in the quarter with 2.9 million more broadband subscribers. China continues to push hard for the top spot however and has cut the gap to the US from 5.8 million at the end of 2006 to 4.1 million at the end of March 2007.
The major mover, in the top 10 countries by number of subscribers, is France. They achieved the highest percentage growth rate, 9.36%, in the quarter compared to the other countries and leapfrogged South Korea to 5th place in the chart.
Country: Broadband lines - end March 2007
South Korea: 14,102,888