Almost 40 million people worldwide signed up for digital subscriber line (DSL) technology for their broadband access in the 12 months to 30 September 2005, research published today has claimed.
According to the data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic, the growth in DSL uptake equates to over 100,000 users every day and means that more than 125 million homes and businesses now use broadband DSL.
By the end of 2005, the report projects that global DSL subscriptions will approach 140 million.
European Union countries accounted for close to 40 per cent of the total growth in new broadband DSL subscribers in the period, confirming the EU's position as the most active DSL region worldwide. The UK and France led the way, each adding more than three million subscribers.
The Middle East and Africa region was the fastest growing, with a 140 per cent increase in DSL subscribers led by Turkey, which added more than 850,000, becoming the first country in the region to pass the one million mark.
Latin America has established a DSL subscriber base of more than five million, Brazil added 1.1 million in the year and Mexico saw 98 per cent growth in its subscribers to DSL.
A total of 19 countries achieved more than one million subscribers by the third quarter of 2005, with Australia, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland breaking through the barrier in the past year.
China alone added almost 10 million DSL subscribers and is rapidly approaching 25 million in total.
The US extended its lead over Japan as the second largest DSL population in the world, and nine countries increased their DSL population by more than one million new subscribers. Of the established nations, the fastest growth rates were in Australia, at 97 per cent, and the UK, at 91 per cent.
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