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78 million DSL subscribers world wide
Thursday 23 September 2004 17:14:00 by Andrew Ferguson

It seems amazing but there are over 78 million DSL subscribers around the world. China leads the way with 12.7 million subscribers, with the UK down in eigth place with 2.7 million subscribers. The figures were compiled by the DSLForum in June 2004, the UK passed the 3 million mark in August 2004.

Top 20 countries: total DSL subscribers 30th June 2004

Ranking

Country

Total DSL

Ranking

Country

Total DSL

1 China 12,710,000 11 Spain 2,067,031
2 Japan 12,068,718 12 Netherlands 1,387,000
3 USA 11,434,254 13 Brazil 1,366,048
4 South Korea 6,666,190 14 Belgium 918,064
5 Germany 5,000,000 15 Hong Kong 753,000
6 France 4,687,000 16 Australia 710,200
7 Italy 3,332,975 17 Sweden 656,842
8 UK 2,724,698 18 Switzerland 656,000
9 Taiwan 2,720,000 19 Denmark 562,000
10 Canada 2,436,246 20 Portugal 555,431

The position of the UK does not look as rosy if you express the number of DSL users as a percentage of the phone lines, the UK has DSL on around 9.3% of its phone lines, which places it outside the Top 20 on that count. South Korea has a massive 28.66% penetration of DSL, with the UK behind Sweden at 9.98%.

With the recent upsurge in demand for ADSL in the, helped by the continuing enabling of exchanges, and the relaxing of limits, the UK may look a lot rosier in a years time. What the DSLForum data does miss out though is the effect of other forms of broadband, such as cable providers like Telewest and NTL.

Hopefully the remainder of 2004, will see the LLU providers getting into the swing of rolling out consumer services, and just maybe some innovation. With the problems of coverage in the UK largely solved, the demand for services with higher upstream speeds is increasing, as well as the ever present demand for faster downstream speeds.

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