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August 13, 2012

Hong Kong top fastest peak broadband speeds

Hong Kong are the new leaders in terms of broadband speeds globally after they topped the latest “State Of The Internet” report charts and knocking South Korea down a place for the highest average peak connection speed for both fixed line and mobile broadband.

In the latest “State of the Internet” report done by Akamai shows that in the last quarter Hong Kong have hit the top spot with an average peak connection speed of 49.2Mb relegating South Korea to second spot with 47.8Mb. To round off the top 3 that was again dominated by Asian countries we saw Japan take the third spot with an average peak broadband speed of 39.5Mb.

To take the top spot Hong Kong recorded a 7.1% rise in their highest average speed on the previous quarter and a huge 25% year on year rise, however we are likely to see Hong Kong lose the top spot going forward as the year on year growth recorded for households taking out high speed broadband here was just 9.7% while in Japan this was 37% and South Korea at 53%, if these figures continue then there will be more users moving to high speed broadband form the likes of Japan and South Korea which will help bring their average peak broadband connection speeds up (check speed with our broadband speed test).

In terms of average broadband speed across the country it was still South Korea who were at the top though with 15.7Mb followed by Japan with 10.9Mb and then Hong Kong at 9.3Mb. The UK was lagging behind with a global position of 21st position with an average broadband speed of just 5.6Mb.

Despite all the investment in fibre broadband in the UK we are still going to be way behind the likes of the leading Asian countries for a good long while!


March 24, 2011

Global broadband subscribers passes 523 million

Global broadband ended 2010 with more than 523 million subscribers with Global IPTV subscriptions growing by 34.6%.

The figures which have been released by were announced yesterday and showed that the total global broadband subscribers by the end of 2010 stood at 523,066,022 which was a net addition for the year of 55 million lines.

July 2010 saw global broadband pass the half a billion landmark figure.

Europe is leading the way with the most broadband subscribers with 188.8 million closely followed by Asia with 184.5 million, Americas had 133.8 million with the Middle East and Africa being way behind with just 15.6 million broadband subscribers.

When it comes to specific countries it is however China that is leading the way with 136 million subscribers, within Europe Germany are leading the way with 26.7 million.

The top 10 broadband countries based on subscribers numbers to the end of 2010 was as follows:

  1. China (all territories) -  136,496,883
  2. USA – 87,172,827
  3. Japan – 34,467,000
  4. Germany – 26,715,350
  5. France – 19,887,530
  6. UK – 19,607,600
  7. South Korea – 17,202,641
  8. Italy – 14,257,650
  9. Brazil – 12,656,200
  10. Russia – 11,619,000

Globally the type of broadband connections subscribers are using currently sees DSL way out in front with 63% of the market (331 million subscribers), Cable (mostly popular in America) accounts for 20% (106 million subscribers) while Fibre broadband connections account for around 14% globally (72 million subscribers). Fixed Wireless Access and Satellite broadband only account for around 2.5% combined.

The market share that Cable has is slowly getting eaten up though with Fibre optic broadband growing fast, a good example is in the UK market where fibre broadband is being rolled out across the UK with the BT Infinity network which should reach around 66% of the country when complete.

IPTV has Europe leading the way with 20.7 million IPTV subscribers, Asia with 16.3 million, Americas with 8 million and the Middle Easy and Africa with 0.2 million.
The top 10 countries for IPTV includes 6 that are within Europe, the UK doesn’t feature in this.

Top 10 IPTV countries:

  1. France – 10,255,000
  2. China (all territories) – 10,002,000
  3. USA – 7,301,800
  4. South Korea – 3,645,650
  5. Japan – 2,213,117
  6. Germany – 1,513,200
  7. Belgium – 975,000
  8. Spain – 858,200
  9. Italy – 819,000
  10. Sweden – 770,000

October 18, 2010

UK up to 18th in broadband speed and quality rankings

Improvements in UK broadband has seen us climb up the broadband world rankings slightly to a position of 18th.

Out of the 72 countries that were studied the UK came in in 18th position, up from 25th place last year, but despite the increase in the world rankings we are still not one of the countries which are classed as “ready for tomorrow”.

The study done by Oxford University’s Said Business School for Cisco looked into the quality of the broadband and also the penetration of it. The quality aspect of the study looked at broadband connection speeds and the latency so basically how quickly data is transferred via the broadband connection.

The world top 10 for broadband is:

  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Luxembourg
  • Singapore
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar
  • Sweden
  • Denmark

The UK didn’t fall into the category of countries which were “prepared for the online applications of tomorrow” but instead were in the “Comfortably enjoying today’s applications”. Last year there was only 1 country that was in the list of countries ready for applications of tomorrow, however this year it has dramatically risen to 14 countries.
With BT rolling out their own fibre broadband network (BT Infinity) we should hope to see the UK to continuing to go further up these lists and hopefully have a more “future proof” broadband network in place.

To highlight how important broadband speeds are (test your broadband speed with our free broadband speed test) the average global broadband speed in the last 3 years has increased by 49% from 3.2Mb in 2008, 4.8Mb in 2009 up to 5.9Mb in 2010.
Leading the way still is South Korea who can boast an average broadband download speed of 33.5Mb and they have 100% broadband penetration.


September 20, 2010

Global broadband reaches half billion!

Global broadband hit 500 million (half a billion) lines in the third week of July 2010 and in doing so passed a major milestone.

It has taken just 11 years for broadband to reach this number of lines which has changed the way people now use and view the internet, it is now no longer just considered a luxury but more of a basic human right, with this point being backed up in Finland where it was recently made a legal right for citizens over there to have access to broadband.

The research was done by Point-Topic who have been counting broadband lines since 2008, when globally there was only around 1.3 million lines in use which were on the whole in America and Canada.
Since then broadband has just taken off and now European countries such as the UK, Italy and Germany account for 30% of all global broadband connections with Asia accounting for the largest percentage with 41% of all broadband lines around the world.

The importance of broadband is continuing to grow and faster broadband speeds (check broadband speed with a broadband speed test) are always being strived for, in the UK alone we are seeing how fibre optic broadband is starting to receive some heavy investment to replace the current copper network that BT have installed, this will dramatically increase the broadband speeds that we can receive and mean that even more applications and uses can be made and done via the internet.

The CEO of Point-Topic, Oliver Johnson believes that in the next 11 years a further half billion broadband lines will be added meaning that worldwide there will be 1 billion broadband lines. At the current moment, there are around 1 million new broadband lines per week being added.


March 8, 2010

Internet access now considered a “fundamental right”

People believe that internet access is a “fundamental right” according to a global poll done for the BBC.

Over 27,000 adults were queried for the study by GlobeScan across 26 different countries and the study found that 79% believed that internet access is a  fundamental right.

Of the 14,000 or so who were queried who already used the internet found that 87% of these believed that internet access should be “the fundamental right of all people”. There was 71% of non-internet users who also believed that they should have the right to access the internet.

Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that internet access is a human right for those living in these countries which are interesting for the UK at the moment as the government are trying to get their “Digital Economy Bill” pushed through which would mean that there should be universal broadband across the UK by 2012 and also that a “three strikes rule” would become law for those caught downloading illegal files such as music and videos.

The study also delved into what internet users concerns were with the internet, with fraud being the issue that concerned 32% of those questioned, 27% thought explicit and violent content was the biggest concern with 20% most worried about threats to their privacy.

In the UK we were found to be only second to Japan to feel that the internet has increased our freedom, with 87% of internet uses here believing this to be the case, just 11% did not agree that this was the case. Interestingly a figure of 75% of British felt that internet access should be a fundamental right.
Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are sites that 42% of British internet users enjoy spending time and 55% think that there should be some government regulation of the internet.

Doug Miller, the GlobeScan Chairman said:

“Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the internet as their fundamental right. They think the web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”


July 9, 2009

500 million worldwide broadband connections by next year

Worldwide home broadband connections are set to hit 500 million by next year showing that despite the global recession there is still a huge demand to have fast Internet access.

Futuresource Consulting were the people behind the research that also found that 60% of broadband connections are supplied via standard DSL through the local telephone line, with 20% having their broadband delivered by cable.

Although the saturation of broadband in many developed countries means that new broadband connections won’t grow rapidly like we have seen in previous years, there is however still other countries that are likely to see broadband connections in the home boom in numbers.
India for example currently has only around 2% of households with a broadband connection with around 5 million homes, over the next 4 years the research found that they expect this to rise to as many as 25 million homes.
Other areas that are likely to see a large increase in new broadband customers are Africa and the Middle East where this year alone there could be an estimated growth of 33% according to Patrik Pfandler, Senior Market Analyst of Futuresource Consulting.

In terms of broadband speed Japan and South Korea are the leaders who offer an average broadband speed of 30Mb, this is over twice as fast as the closest European country (Sweden) that has an average of 14Mb. The UK falls even further back than this with an average in the region of 4Mb. The average broadband speed int he USA last year was just 2.7Mb.

With this in mind it calls the UK governments plans for a minimum 2Mb broadband available throughout the UK by 2012 as very unambitious. The recently released Digital Britain report set this as a minimum broadband speed for everyone in the UK to be able to receive.


June 18, 2009

UK the sixth largest broadband nation

The UK is now the sixth largest broadband nation in the world with nearly 17.7 million broadband users by the end of the first quarter 2009 with France only just pipping the UK in to fifth place as they hit the 18 million mark according to the results released by the Broadband Forum and
From the same period last year the UK had 16.3 million broadband users which has increased by about 1.34 million to 17.7 million.

China and America are a long way in front of everyone else, with China having 88 million broadband lines closely followed by the USA with 83 million lines, Japan were in third spot with 30.6 million broadband lines.
The full table of top 10 countries with broadband lines can be seen below:

Country 2008 Q1 2009 Q1
China 71,034,820 88,088,000
USA 72,581,920 83,968,547
Japan 28,836,100 30,631,900
Germany 21,077,450 24,144,350
France 16,186,996 18,009,500
UK 16,318,300 17,661,100
South Korea 14,970,775 15,709,771
Italy 11,300,077 12,447,533
Brazil 7,949,000 10,065,200
Canada 8,859,868 9,533,500

Despite the face that it is not until you hit fourth spot with Germany that there is a European country we still find that Western Europe has the largest number of broadband subscribers with 108 million, South and East Asia were on 99 million.

The total number of broadband lines worldwide came to 429.2 million with the top 10 countries in the list above accounting for 310 million of these.

The market share in terms of how users are getting their broadband still shows that currently DSL technology is leading the way with around 65%  of users, Cable broadband has about 21% and Fibre has over 12%. Wireless and other technologies make up less 2.5%.
What we look forward to seeing over the coming years is the increase in fibre broadband which will likely result in the DSL technology reducing as more and more switch to next generation high speed Internet access.


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