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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 Point-Topic.com 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
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