If there was any lingering doubt that broadband was the new platform for technology innovation, new data out today from trade group The Broadband Forum should put it to rest for good. The number of broadband subscribers around the world grew to 445 million in the second quarter, led by China, with 93.6 million, followed by the U.S., with 86.2 million. Many of them are using DSL connections to log onto the Internet, the report found.
The data also shows that over the past 12 months, Latin America and Eastern Europe were the fastest-growing broadband regions. Meanwhile Europe has emerged as the hub of IPTV activity, with some 13.6 million IPTV users as of the end of June. France remains the “champion” IPTV country, with more than 7 million subscribers, the Forum said in a press release.
The number of broadband subscribers in Europe now stands at around 135 million. As we’ve noted previously, Europeans get much faster broadband than those of us in the U.S., largely due to competition in the region.