78 million DSL subscribers world wide
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.
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.