In-Stat: 413 M broadband subs by 2010
The number of worldwide broadband subscribers will double over the next five years to reach 413 million, according to In-Stat.
The growth will be fueled not only by increasing penetration of established DSL and cable modem service, but also by improvements in fixed wireless broadband and satellite broadband services.
Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst, said, "Other drivers fueling subscriber growth include a gradual, but consistent, reduction in monthly service prices, and the beginnings of effective bundling strategies that link high-speed Internet service with video and telephony services."
DSL remains the leading broadband access technology. On a worldwide basis, it currently accounts for 69 percent of all broadband subscribers, In-Stat found.
Based on current worldwide broadband growth rates, 3.7 million new subscribers will sign up for broadband services each month this year, including 670,000 every month in the U.S.