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Broadband Internet maintains market strength

Posted: 26 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband Internet? dsl? cable modem service? telecommunications?

Broadband Internet services remain strong, contrary to reports stating otherwise, says In-Stat/MDR. An increasing user demand for faster Internet connections is said to have led to substantial subscriber growth over the past year.

According to In-Stat, in the beginning of 2002, the number of worldwide broadband subscribers passed the 30 million mark and by the end of this year, worldwide subscriber totals are forecasted to surpass 46 million subscribers.

The research firm also reports that DSL has become the premier broadband access technology in the international market, while cable modem service maintains to do well in the U.S. market as well. However, the availability of broadband access remains the single greatest challenge to long-term broadband growth since the majority of the world's telecommunications infrastructure cannot yet support broadband access technologies, In-Stat says.

The residential market will continue to be the real battle ground for broadband access technologies because of the low penetration and adoption rates expected for cable modems in the business sector, In-Stat analysts observed.

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