Western Europe had the most broadband subscribers and Asia-Pacific the slowest broadband growth during the first quarter of 2009, according to a report today from The Broadband Forum. Global broadband grew by 16.6 million lines in the first quarter of 2009, and total IPTV subscribers approached 24 million, said the report, which was prepared for the forum by industry analysts Point Topic. The largest concentration of IPTV subscribers are in North American and Europe, while the strongest growth for broadband is in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa.
There are now 429.2 million broadband access lines globally, and the last quarter shows growth slightly higher than the previous three-month period. DSL is still the primary access technology, although in the first quarter, fiber and wireless made tiny gains of less than half a percentage point from the previous quarter. At this rate, DSL and cable will continue to dominate for years to come.