Broadband Subs Hit 763 Million in 2010

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...

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.


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