FCC has finally come out with the broadband data: last time they checked, high-speed Internet connections increased 18% during the first half of 2003 for a total of 23.5 million customers. And cable is still kicking DSL’s butt, though, weakly. These numbers show that the gap between cable and DSL is declining.
* Of the 23.5 million high-speed lines in service, 20.6 million served residential and small business subscribers, a 19% increase from the 17.4 million residential and small business high-speed lines reported six months earlier. For the full twelve month period ending June 30, 2003, high-speed lines for residential and small business subscribers increased by 48%.
* DSL increased by 19% during the first half of 2003, from 6.5 million to 7.7 million lines, compared to a 27% increase, from over 5.1 million to 6.5 million lines, during the preceding six months. For the full twelve month period ending June 30, 2003, DSL increased by 50%.
* Cable broadband increased by 20% during the first six months of 2003, from 11.4 million to 13.7 million lines, compared to a 24% increase, from 9.2 million to 11.4 million lines, during the second half of 2002. For the full twelve month period ending June 30, 2003, high-speed cable modem connections increased by 49%.
Not bad, and if that trend continues, well we are looking a sizeable market which can now finally afford broadband services. (Or not, if you read this – high-speed lines are defined as those that provide services at speeds exceeding 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one direction, while advanced services lines are those that provide services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in both directions. )