Over 1 Billion Global Broadband Subscribers by 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 20, 2010 – Consumer enthusiasm for broadband service continues unabated, reports In-Stat. During calendar year 2009, an average of 8.8 million new broadband subscribers worldwide signed up for service each month. By 2013, In-Stat forecasts that the number of global broadband subscribers will surpass 1 billion.
“The growing popularity of bandwidth-intensive applications, such as watching online video, using IP-based telephony services, and downloading music files, is spurring global demand for broadband Internet connections,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst.
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
- As of December 2009, there were 578 million worldwide broadband subscribers, an increase of 99 million over the year-end 2008 subscriber total.
- DSL, mobile wireless, and cable modem service are the leading access technologies, providing 89% of worldwide broadband connections.
- Mobile wireless broadband is the second largest access technology (behind DSL) with 18% of total subscribers.
- Over the next few years, the number of households with multiple broadband connections will increase significantly. These multiple connection households will commonly have a wired broadband access technology, like DSL or cable modem service, along with a mobile wireless broadband connection.