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World hits 300 million broadband lines

The worldwide total of broadband lines has surpassed 300m, says analyst Point Topic.

Point Topic says there were 298 million broadband subscribers worldwide at the end of March 2007.

“Given the prevailing growth rates it is safe to assume the number has now passed 300 million,” said Katja Mueller, chief analyst at Point Topic.

Point Topic’s regional data shows that Eastern Europe is continuing to grow strongly, and was the only region to record more than 10% growth in the quarter ending March. 

Romania passed the 1 million subscriber mark, helping Eastern European countries to post three of the ten fastest growing countries worldwide.

Greece was the top grower in percentage terms expanding by 26.8% during the quarter.

The USA remains the largest broadband country in the world and passed its own milestone, exceeding 60 million subscribers for the first time with 60.4 million.

China continues to push hard for the top spot, however, and has cut the gap to the US from 5.8 million at the end of 2006 to 4.1 million at the end of March 2007.

The major mover in the top ten countries is France. It achieved the highest percentage growth rate of 9.36% among the top countries, leapfrogging South Korea to fifth place in the chart.

Top ten broadband countries

USA: 60,362,830 lines
China: 56,258,499
Japan: 26,533,000
Germany: 16,142,750
France: 15,304,900
South Korea: 14,102,888
UK: 13,953,000
Italy: 9,348,250
Canada: 8,010,139
Spain: 7,185,932

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Read the Point Topic report >>

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