The statistics also show that worldwide broadband subscribers have now surpassed 380 million, an increase of 17 percent in the past 12 months, demonstrating the continuing strong growth of broadband deployment across the globe. The top ten countries by broadband subscribers, is once again led by the US, which has nearly 77 million broadband subscribers.
Top ten countries by broadband subscription Country Q2 2007 Q2 2008 USA 66,202,120 76,878,195 China 59,531,040 76,005,350 Japan 27,247,200 29,434,700 Germany 17,654,788 21,773,750 UK 14,514,900 16,718,400 France 14,212,700 16,655,786 South Korea 14,441,687 15,331,549 Italy 9,959,650 11,494,230 Canada 8,163,555 9,005,181 Spain 7,642,851 8,566,835
Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic
Cable companies have had a solid year with a cable market share of 21.5 percent, whereas Telco companies have enjoyed strong growth with their fibre deployments growing significantly over the same time period, up by over 25 percent and DSL approaches 250 million subscribers and remains the most popular access technology with 64 percent of the market share.
The rise in subscribers together with the broadening reach and capabilities of broadband, both geographically and technologically, has led to an increase in alternative access technologies such as WiMAX, WiFi and others, but also a growing trend of upgrading existing networks to higher speed DSL options.
Within the DSL market share, the deployment of ADSL2plus increased by a significant 62.5 percent. Closely tied to IPTV deployment, service providers are upgrading existing ADSL to ADSL2plus networks.
The Broadband Forum's latest work helps providers get the most out of ADSL2/2plus and VDSL2. Recent approval of Technical Report 176 (TR-176) "ADSL2plus Profiles for IPTV" will assist providers in establishing best practices and specifications that optimize their ADSL2plus networks to better meet customer quality of service expectations of their IPTV service.
"This report demonstrates how the broadband industry is visibly evolving, reacting to a number of variables from economic and environmental factors driving better existing network utilization, to speed and application demands associated with the introduction of new services", explains
"The Broadband Forum recognises that these factors need to be taken into consideration in all our work, to ensure the needs of the industry are being met and that service providers have the tools and standards needed to optimize their networks to capture the full potential of broadband," adds George.
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