Survey: Broadband going gangbusters in Europe
Broadband continues to make strides across Europe as the preferred distribution platform for telephone, television and high-speed broadband Internet services.
In 2009, there was 13.4 percent growth in subscribers for broadband Internet – to 21.5 million connections across Europe – and 21 percent growth in digital television subscribers to 21.5 million, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the Cable Congress.
Cable Europe President Manuel Kohnstamm said: “Fiber speed is launching us to new levels of performance in living rooms across Europe. With 100 megabit speeds now available in 13 countries, we continue to set new benchmarks. Years of investment are paying off. We are convincing millions of customers to join us for speed and better-quality connectivity.”
“We’re seeing a real lift-off as our industry goes digital,” says Cable Europe managing director Caroline Van Weede. “As analog growth tails off, it makes room for the strong growth we’re seeing in digital TV, as well as positive high-speed broadband revenue. Video-on-demand is clearly here to stay, and with 18 percent growth in revenues, makes a strong case for future offers of easy access, easily accessible legal content with fiber speed.”