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February 18, 2008

The number of new broadband, subscribers is decreasing.


by Alan Harten
The number of new broadband, subscribers is decreasing.

As of the end of 2007 there are now an estimated 330 million users, a broadband across the globe, this is an increase of 4.72%, for the third quarter of the year, the second quarter increase was 5.16%.

The US and Canada were the only area of the world, where the rate of growth had a significant increase for that quarter of from 0.15% to 3.29%.

Western European nations are at the second highest new subscriber figures showing a growth 4.05%, most of this new growth coming from Spain and Germany, the UK and France.

In the third quarter last year Eastern Europe was still leading in terms of percentage growth, during the third quarter of 2007 their subscriber rates growing by a massive 11.92%, Eastern Europe accounts for 10% of worldwide new subscribers, the main contributors being Romania, Russia and Poland.

Down in Latin America, new broadband users grew steadily and net growth in the second quarter was 8.86%, while just 12 weeks later it fell to 8.63%, which does not sound like a lot, but when you are talking in huge numbers, that tiny degrease actually represents 1.3 million users.

Over in the Asia-Pacific region they had the lowest regional rate of growth of 2.4%, with such a huge market this is a significant decrease. In Southeast Asia alone, the fall from the second to third quarter was down from 6.14% to 6.04%.

This equates to 3.5 new broadband users, but very significantly, one country, China, accounted for a massive 90% of all new users, proving that the rest of the Asian Pacific region is suffering a very severe slowdown in new broadband users.

This resulted in a global decrease in new broadband subscribers, and may indicate the end of massive new subscriber increases each year.

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