Although cable modem services continue to lead the way in North American, DSL continues to outpace cable on the global stage.
At the end of the third quarter, there were 85.3 million DSL subscribers worldwide, up 39 percent from the start of the year, according to Point Topic, which culls the data at the behest of the DSL Forum.
Forum President Tom Starr predicted that global DSL subs will breach the 100 million mark by February 2005.
In North America, DSL added 3.5 million new subs in the first three quarters of 2004, giving it about 15.1 million. Leichtman Research Group Inc., which recently analyzed the top 20 U.S. cable and DSL providers, reported last month that cable ended Q3 with 18.8 million high-speed subs, followed by DSL's 12.2 million.
By country, China ended the quarter with the most DSL subs (13.7 million), followed by Japan (12.7 million), the United States (12.5 million), South Korea (6.7 million) and Germany (5.9 million).
South Korea was the most densely penetrated, with 28.99 digital subscriber lines per 100 phone lines.