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Subject: Number of Broadband Users in USA and World Wide by Country
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Asked by: jallen62-ga
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Posted: 04 Oct 2005 12:57 PDT
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Question ID: 576327
Hi. I need a quick turn-around on this if possible. I need to know
estimated number of broadband users in the USA and Worldwide, listed
by country. Major companies only is fine. In addition, any projections
on the growth rate of broadband users in each country would be

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 04 Oct 2005 13:02 PDT
Hi there.

Can you explain what you mean by "...major companies only is fine"?

I hope you meant "major countries only", but if you are expecting a
listing broken out by company in each country around the world, please
make that clear.

Understand, though, that it would be a very large undertaking to try
and produce such a list.



Clarification of Question by jallen62-ga on 04 Oct 2005 13:06 PDT
Oops. I meant major countries. Thanks.
Subject: Re: Number of Broadband Users in USA and World Wide by Country
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 04 Oct 2005 17:58 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again Joel,

Below you will find the results of my research regarding broadband
penetration in major countries and growth.

Global broadband subscribers to 30 June 2005  

Total: 176 million 

115 million 65% *choose DSL 

?USA ? the world?s largest total broadband population at 38 million

China ? the world?s largest broadband DSL population at 21.23 million

European Union ? the world?s largest total broadband region at 47.5 million 

European Union ? the world?s largest broadband DSL region at 38.48 million
DSL = 81% of the region?s total broadband?

Total Broadband: To Countries by penetration of population

Country	           Broadband Total Penetration 
USA                38,200,981
China              30,843,000
Japan              20,650,500
South Korea        12,260,915
France              8,323,000
UK                  7,961,938
Germany             7,878,497
Canada              6,086,959
Italy               5,460,555
Spain               4,094,017
Taiwan              4,025,000
Netherlands         3,566,566
Brazil              2,562,157
Australia           2,117,300

See additional charts and tables in this Powerpoint Presentation at the DSL Forum.
Download here:


From Forbes Magazine September 2005: 

Broadband Subscribers Per 100 Residents 
Country	        DSL    Cable     Other     Total 
Korea          14.1    8.5       2.2       24.9 
Netherlands    11.6    7.4         0       19.0 
Denmark        11.8    5.5       1.6       18.8 
Iceland        17.4    0.2       0.7       18.3 
Canada          8.6    9.1       0.1 	    7.8 
Switzerland    10.8    6.5         0       17.3 
Belgium         9.6    6.0         0       15.6 
Japan          10.4    2.3       2.3       15.0 
Finland        11.2    2.2       1.6       15.0 
Norway         12.3    2.0       0.5       14.9 
Sweden          9.5    2.6       2.5       14.5 
United States   4.7    7.4       0.9       13.0 
France          9.9    0.7         0       10.6 
United Kingdom  7.1    3.4         0       10.5 
Austria         5.5    4.7       0.1       10.2

Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, December 2004


Top 20 Countries with the Highest Number of Internet DSL Broadband Subscribers 

United States
Subscribers: 33,900,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Feb./05

Subscribers: 25,800,000	
Source: CNNIC - June/04

Subscribers: 12,739,564	
Source: Nielsen//NR Nov./04

Korea, (South)
Subscribers: 11,900,000	
Source: KRNIC - June/04

Subscribers: 5,950,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 5,253,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 3,680,000	
Source: C.I.Almanac - Dec/03

United Kingdom
Subscribers: 3,335,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 2,900,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR June/01

Subscribers: 2,568,351	
Source: C.I.Almanac - Dec/03

Subscribers: 2,227,805	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 1,633,700	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 1,552,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 983,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Apr./02

Subscribers: 910,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Hong Kong
Subscribers: 774,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 751,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 717,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR Oct./04

Subscribers: 600,000	
Source: ITU - Apr./02

Subscribers: 594,000	
Source: Nielsen//NR June/02

DSL - TOP 20 Countries	
Subscribers: 80,179,987	
Source: IWS - Jan.20/05

Rest of the World	
Subscribers: 5,120,013	
Source: IWS - Jan.20/05

Total World - DSL Users	85,300,000	
Source: IWS - Jan.20/05

Internet World Stats

Internet World Stats is an International website featuring worldwide
Internet Usage, the Population Statistics and Market Data, for over
233 countries and world regions.

See the Big Picture here:


Economies by broadband penetration, 2004
Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adapted from national reports


Here is a list of countries by digital access index ? DAI


United States

Nielsen//NetRatings: September 28, 2005 

?Nielsen//NetRatings, a global leader in Internet media and market
research, today announced that the number of Americans with broadband
access reached 42 percent of the U.S. population in August, increasing
16 percent since the beginning of this year (see Table 1). In January
2005, 103.8 million Americans had broadband access; by August, that
figure had grown to 120.8 million. These figures were compiled from
the Nielsen//NetRatings panel and report the connection speeds of
those with Internet access at home.?

See table 1 in the report. 
Download here:


The Bandwidth Report

?The Bandwidth Report is a monthly roundup of broadband penetration
figures from the US and elsewhere.

September Bandwidth Report 

US Broadband Breaks 60% among Active Internet Users, but growth slows
- UK Broadband Penetration Nears 75% at Home - September 2005
Bandwidth Report

March Bandwidth Report 

Worldwide, broadband penetration has reached 62% among Internet users,
according to the "Face of the Web" survey by Ipsos-Insight. The annual
survey found that while broadband penetration grew by 24% last year,
narrowband connections still dominate many rural areas in Russia,
India, Mexico, Brazil, France and the U.K.

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2004 

Broadband markets continued their rapid growth in the OECD during
2004. While all OECD countries have seen an increase in broadband
subscriptions, growth has been particularly rapid in parts of Europe.

Highlights of broadband development during 2004:

?Broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 118 million by the end of
2004, adding 34.7 million broadband subscribers during the year.?

?The OECD broadband penetration rate reached 10.3 subscribers per 100
inhabitants in 2004, up from 7.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in
December 2003.?

?Broadband growth has been rapid, with broadband subscriptions
increasing 41% during 2004.?

?Korea leads the OECD in broadband penetration with 24.9 subscribers
per 100 inhabitants.?

?The Netherlands moved into second place with a penetration rate of
19.0 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by Denmark,
Iceland and Canada.?


?DSL is the leading broadband platform in 27 OECD countries. Canada,
Portugal and the United States have more cable modem than DSL
subscribers. Fibre optic is becoming a significant platform in Japan
with nearly 2.5 million subscribers, or nearly 12% of all broadband
connections in Japan.

The breakdown of broadband technologies in 2004:
     o DSL: 60%
     o Cable modem: 33.5%
     o Other technologies: 6.5%,  (e.g. fibre optics, LAN, satellite
and fixed wireless)?


Graphs and tables to download:

OECD Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2004

OECD broadband subscriptions, by technology, December 2004

Broadband subscriber net additions per quarter, millions, OECD

Broadband penetration (per 100 inhabitants) net increase 2003-2004, by country

Broadband penetration, historic, top five OECD countries

Broadband penetration, historic, G7 countries

Total broadband subscriptions, top 5 countries, December 2004


The Majority of Global Internet Users Using A High-Speed Connection

According to ?The Face of the Web? Study From Ipsos-Insight, 
Two-Thirds Of Global Internet Users Access The Internet Through
High-Speed From Any Device Or Location.

The Internet population that accessed the Internet via a broadband
connection grew by 24% since 1999.

The latest findings, based on interviews in 12 key global markets show
that the accelerated broadband adoption in 2004 resulted in less than
a third of the Internet Users relying on narrowband dial-up as their
primary access point.

In 2004, six out of ten users accessed the Internet through some
high-speed connections in the U.S.

?The highest broadband adoption, however, was seen in France, Urban
Brazil and the U.K., growing by 59%, 50%, and 45% respectively. While
dial-up access continues to be the prevalent access point in these
economies, the broadband growth trend was particularly strong.?

Growth and Trends

?As with the growing adoption of the Internet, consumers globally will
continue their rapid march to high-speed services as service providers
offer broadband solutions that appeal to the Internet User masses in
each country,? said Nilesh Modi, the study?s co-author and Senior
Analyst of Ipsos-Insight. ?But that is not to say it will be a while
for many, before fixed-line services will be dropped in favor of
alternatives such as cable or optical fiber or dial-up services in
favor of fixed-line broadband options.? Currently, countries can still
be divided into two camps: those relying heavily on dial-up access vs.
those who rely mainly on broadband. Dial-up regions include the urban
markets of Russia, India, Mexico, and Brazil and the European regions
of France and the U.K. For these markets, dial-up will likely move
toward fixed line high-speed options that such as DSL or ISDN.

DSL?s adoption: is the main connection globally ? accessed by half of
high-speed Users.

ISDN, also accessed through fixed-lines, is predominant in Germany,
the U.K. and Urban India.

In North America and Urban Russia cable is the predominant high-speed connection. 

China and  India

?? the majority of the households in urban markets of China and India
have cable television access ? the highest, in fact, relative to the
measured markets ? 97% and 96% respectively. Due to their sheer
population sizes and wide cable access, they present enormous
opportunity for future cable-broadband Internet connectivity. As these
markets continue to embrace the Internet, they may indeed opt for
cable Internet connectivity over DSL as is already noticeable in urban

Ipsos: March 2, 2005


The Face of the Web
To see current data simply roll your cursor over the country of interest.


Broadband Internet usage is on the increase across the world. 

?In developed markets, growth rates for broadband- albeit from a small
base- have skyrocketed in recent years, increasing by some 56% between
the end of 2002 and 2003 to reach 98.8m by the end of the year,
according to ITU.?

?Although growth some regions has been rapid, the story is different
for Latin America and the Caribbean, with overall broadband
penetration levels still very low, With just 3% penetration in 2004,
Chile nonetheless boasted the highest regional broadband use. That
picture is starting to change, though, with user numbers starting to
take off in countries such as Argentina and Mexico, where incumbents
have been ramping up their broadband offerings.?


?Despite persistent blocks to growth, future prospects for the
region?s broadband market are generally positive. Rapid levels of
Internet uptake indicate that the prospects for broadband are good,
and if prices continue to come down, regulators work to foster growth,
and new and existing access technologies are exploited to the full,
Latin America?s broadband markets can be expected to continue to grow
steadily. Certainly, the fast growth of Internet and broadband user
numbers in the region indicates a large, untapped demand for



Please download the following PowerPoint presentation
Optimizing All Media to Boost Response
March 22, 2005

See Slide 2
Global Broadband Growth (in Millions) 2004-2008
U.S. Broadband Growth  (in Millions) 2004-2008


Europe reports broadband growth
?There are now 40 million broadband lines in the EU - up 70 per cent
on last year - with an extra 45,000 lines being added each day.
The fastest-growing broadband nation is The Netherlands?
?Other fast-growing broadband nations include France and the UK?

The Register: June 2005


Point Topic?s World Broadband Statistics for mid-2005 show a number of
clear trends:

?The growth in the number of broadband lines worldwide is leveling off 

Europe is pushing to take over the leadership of broadband growth 

Russia and India are making significant appearances on the broadband scene at last 

?Cable ethernet? is growing rapidly as a technology solution in many countries.?

This article provides a lot of relevant statistics .
Read the complete article here at Point Topic

See graph:
Figure 1: Countries above the line are doing better than predicted


Argentina 30 August 2005

?At the end of December 2004, 68% of the total broadband subscribers
in Argentina were residential customers and the remaining 32% were
corporate customers.

Argentina has a strong growth potential in the broadband market. It is
expected to have over 1.3 million subscribers by 2008, up from 0.4
million subscribers in 2004. At the end of 2004, 13.4% of the
population in Argentina had access to internet and it is expected to
reach 21.3% by 2008.?

Point Topic


Australia  30 August 2005 

?The Australian broadband market grew by 121.8% from March 2004 to
March 2005, with total broadband connections reaching 1,839,700 by
March 2005. However, the country still lags behind other OECD
countries in terms of broadband penetration.?

Point Topic


30 August 2005 

?Austria has a relatively high penetration of broadband as compared to
the other European countries. ? Telekom Austria, the incumbent
operator, responded by launching DSL service in November 1999, and by
the end of 2004 it had DSLAMs installed in exchanges covering 86% of
the households in Austria.?

Point Topic



?Canada has been holding its place more effectively against
competition from Asia-Pacific and Europe. Canada has one of the
highest adoption rates of broadband Internet in the world, with over
5.8 million subscribers. It has more cable modems than DSL lines
although the growth in DSL has been stronger than the growth in cable
modems in the quarter-ending March 2005.?

Point Topic


Chile: 30 August 2005 

?Chile had 3.56 broadband connections per 100 people as of March 2005,
which is the highest in Latin America. Chile had approximately 11.1%
broadband penetration in households at the end of 2004 and it is
expected to reach 20.3% by 2008. Chile?s residential Internet users
constitute 85% of the broadband market while the business users
contribute the remaining 15%.?

Point Topic



?China?s market estimates suggest that the country?s broadband market
is growing at a rate of around 8% per month (close to 100% per annum),
China Telecom being the major player. The country had 28.3 million
broadband lines as of March 2005.?


?The Chinese broadband market is ranked second in terms of total
broadband lines and is expected to surpass the USA and eventually
become the world?s largest broadband market. The main factor driving
this growth is the low DSL prices offered in the country.?

Point Topic



?Denmark ranks fourth in broadband penetration across the world as of
March 2005. In May 2005, 98% of Danish households had broadband
connections and 53% of the companies in EU used broadband, of which
80% were in Denmark.?


?DSL operators aim to cover 98% of the households and businesses by October 2005.?

Point Topic



?Finland ranks fourth in Europe in terms of broadband penetration,
which stood at 33% of the households in January 2005. The total
broadband subscribers in Finland increased by 60% from 470,000 at the
end of December 2003 to 750,000 at the end of December 2004. The
regional availability of broadband reached 94.1% of the total

Point Topic



?The French broadband market grew by 100% in 2004 and, as of January
2005 France emerged as one of the leaders in Europe in both for ADSL
access and penetration.?

Point Topic



?Germany has the lowest broadband penetration rate in Europe with only
24% of homes expected to have broadband connections by the end of
2005. It had almost 7 million broadband subscribers at the end of
2004. Germany is amongst the top 10 countries in the world in terms of
broadband connections.?

Point Topic


Hong Kong 

?In April 2005, there were 186 licensed ISP providers offering
broadband services and around 1.54 million customers using broadband
connections with speeds up to 10 Mbps. This accounted for around 22%
of the total population of Hong Kong.?

Point Topic



?The total broadband subscribers in Ireland increased by 40% from
93,800 to 131,550 from October 2004 to December 2004.?
Point Topic



?Israel is one of the leading countries in terms of broadband
penetration, with a penetration rate of 43% and homes passed rate of
99%. In 2004, broadband subscribers grew at a growth rate of 50%, with
the majority of the connections being in the range of 1 Mbps
bandwidth. Approximately 60% households in Israel have Internet access
out of which, 91% have broadband access. The country had approximately
2 million internet subscribers at the end of 2004?

Point Topic



Italy had 5.6 million broadband connections at the end of June 2005
and it is expected to reach 7.1 million connections by mid 2006. The
broadband penetration reached 19% of the households, 37% of the
companies and 61% of the government in June 2005. At the end of 2004,
86% of the Italian population had access to broadband services.

Point Topic



?Japan was ranked third in terms of broadband connections in the world
after USA and China with total broadband users reaching to 19,770,200
at the end of March 2005.?

Point Topic



?2004, the broadband sector grew tremendously by over 200% with total
of over 588,000 broadband users. The country had a broadband
penetration of 2.5% as a percentage of households at the end of
December 2004 and market estimates suggest that it is expected to grow
up to 7% reaching 1,758,000 broadband customers by 2008.?

Point Topic



?In March 2005, the broadband penetration rate stood at 34.8% and the
broadband subscribers increased by 62% from March 2004.?

?It is estimated that around 45% households in Norway will have a
broadband connection by 2008.?

Point Topic



?In March 2005, Poland achieved 23.8% growth in the broadband market
and became the first Eastern European country to pass 1 million

Point Topic



?Broadband customers grew by over 70.6% year-on-year at the end of
December 2004. The broadband Internet penetration reached 9.19 per 100
people as on 31 Mar 2005.?

Point Topic



?According to one Russian consulting company the number of broadband
users in Russia is some 3,500,000 in 3Q04.?

Point Topic



?Singapore had the highest residential broadband penetration rate at
46.1% in the Asia Pacific region and it is expected to rise to 75% by
2009. ?

Point Topic



?The overall growth in the broadband market has been slow although
Spain reported a growth of 70% in broadband penetration in 2005. In
June 2005, there was an increase of 12% in terms of new broadband
connections as compared to June 2004. ?

Point Topic



?Sweden has an extensive broadband network with its infrastructure
reaching 85% of the population during 2004. It is expected to reach
98% of Sweden?s population by 2005. The broadband penetration stood at
25% of the households in June 2004.?

Point Topic


South Korea

South Korea has the highest broadband penetration worldwide (25.22 per
100 population at the end of March 2005).

?South Korea was ranked the fourth-largest broadband market with over
12 million broadband lines as of March 2005.?

Point Topic


World broadband statistics Q2 2005

?This report continues the series of DSL reports started with June
2002 (Q2 2002), which has included cable modems and other technologies
since Q2 2003, in order to provide an overview of World broadband
growth as a whole.?

Download here:


Search terms used:
Broadband penetration by country
Broadband adoption by country
Broadband subscribers by country
Global Broadband growth

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
jallen62-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Great! Just what I needed. Thanks for the quick work.

Subject: Re: Number of Broadband Users in USA and World Wide by Country
From: bobbie7-ga on 05 Oct 2005 09:38 PDT
Thank you very much for the five star rating and nice tip!

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