NCTA study: cable, digital, phone subs up in Q4
Cable operators hooked up more than 2.3 million units of digital broadband services between Oct. 1 and Dec.31, 2001, of which 875,000 were high-speed cable modem customers, says a study of its members by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The NCTA's quarterly study says new cable modem subscriptions, at 875,000, were up from 750,000 for the previous quarter and up by 100,000 over the same period in 2000.
High-speed Internet over cable modems is available to more than 70 million homes nationwide, and more than 7.2 million customers, or 17 percent of homes with PCs passed by cable systems, subscribe to cable's broadband Internet service, NCTA says.
Digital video service also saw subscriptions jump with 1.5 million new customers during the quarter, for a total of 15.2 million. About 21 percent of cable customers nationwide subscribe to digital video services, the study says.
Finally, about 50,000 residential customers signed up for telephone service in the quarter, for a total of 1.5 million cable phone customers, or 50 percent more than year-end totals for 2000.
The NCTA says cable operators have invested more than $55 billion on upgrades since 1996.