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Broadband growth slows down

The quarterly growth rate in Q2 2006 has been the lowest ever, only 7.1% worldwide, quite a significant drop from 8.5% at the end of 2005.

The data comes from the latest report from Point Topic, "World Broadband Statistics: Q2 2006", using data to 30 June 2006.

Despite the slight increase from 4.35% to 4.50% in Q2, Asia Pacific was still the region with the lowest growth rate, primarily due to the saturation in the broadband market.

Similarly, North America and Western Europe also suffered from this effect and only managed to achieve 4.82% and 5.64% quarterly growth respectively.

"As a common trend, the broadband market often shows a decline during the first half of the year, thus we would expect a more substantial growth in the third and the fourth quarters", says Vince Chook, Analyst at Point Topic.

The growth in DSL has slowed down gradually since Q3 2005. It is more apparent in Asian-Pacific countries such as South Korea and Japan where a significant number of subscribers have migrated from DSL to FTTx.

Cable modem has been doing well, but also reported a decline in growth during Q2.

In terms of the total number of broadband lines added in Q2, China once again added significantly more lines than the USA, with an net addition of 5.1 million lines, boosting the country total to 46 million lines, accounting for almost 19% of the world's broadband total.

"With this high growth rate and a large number of potential broadband subscribers, China will soon become the country with the largest broadband subscriber base in the world", added Chook.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.