According to research house In-Stat
, global broadband subscriber numbers continue to grow rapidly, with mobile broadband growth in particular exceeding expectations. The primary growth driver continues to be the desire for high-speed Internet access. The growing popularity of bandwidth-intensive applications, such as watching online video, using IP-based telephony services, and downloading music files, is directly spurring demand for higher-speed Internet connections, pushing the number of global subscribers to 763 million in 2010.
Additional findings include:
- By year-end 2010, the United States had more than 179 million broadband subs.
- Total worldwide DSL subs reached 371 million at year-end 2010, fueled primarily by strong demand in the Asia/Pacific region.
- Mobile wireless broadband subscriber numbers continue to grow rapidly as mobile telephone service providers roll out 3G and 4G services.
- Approximately 76% of the world's FTTH subs reside in the Asia/Pacific region.
- North America continues to be the largest market for cable modem services.