Point Topic has today published its analysis for the global DSL market up to Q4 2006. These latest figures put the total number of broadband subscribers at 281.3 million, a 31% increase over 2005. France achieved the highest growth in subscribers within the 'top 10 broadband countries' (based on number of lines). The UK saw a 33% increase, slightly above the global average, from 9,828,900 to 13,116,600 subscribers. The breakdown of the top 10 is as follows:
The order of the top 10 has stayed fairly constant to last year with Germany just managing to squeeze in front of South Korea, and Italy jumping in front of Canada. Also to note is how users are connecting to broadband services, with DSL accounting for a 65.7% market share and fibre, encompassing fibre to the home as well as to other nearby distribution points (FTTx), 10%.