Broadband lines reach 264 million


Broadband lines reach 264 million

Antony Savvas

The worldwide total of broadband lines reached 263.8 million at the end of September, with a total of 16.9 million lines added over the quarter.

Figures from analyst Point Topic show that the world's total of DSL lines reached 173 million, with 10 million lines being added over the quarter.

DSL still dominates the market with 65.6% of the broadband lines installed, outstripping technologies such as cable modems and fibre.

Eastern Europe was the region with the highest broadband growth in Q3, with growth of 12.7% in the third quarter. The region's market share increased from 2.6% to 3.5% over the year.

Coming second in growth terms was the Middle East & Africa region (MEA), with a quarterly growth rate of 11.9%.

Other regions, such as Latin America, also performed well in the quarter. Western Europe and South-East Asia were the only two regions to report a drop in growth rate in the period.

The fibre market continues to grow at a rate of 12.6%, almost twice as fast as cable modem technology, reaching 27 million subscribers at the end of Q3, said Point Topic.

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