1 bln broadband subscribers worldwide in 2005, 1.8 bln by 2010

The worldwide number of Internet broadband subscribers will surpass 215 mln in 2005. That's up from less than 5 mln in 1999 and 67 mln in 2002.

The worldwide number of Internet broadband subscribers will surpass 215 mln in 2005. That's up from less than 5 mln in 1999 and 67 mln in 2002. USA is the leader in broadband subscribers and will reach nearly 47 mln at year-end 2005. China is #2 and will challenge for the lead in a few years. Worldwide broadband Internet subscribers are forecasted to reach 500 mln by the end of 2010. USA will have nearly 198 mln Internet users by year-end 2005 and worldwide Internet users are projected to top 1 bln in 2005. Worldwide Internet users are forecasted to reach nearly 1.8 bln in 2010.

Top 15 countries by broadband subscribers

Country Subscribers, mln. Share %
USA 46.9 21.6
China 35.9 16.5
Japan 26.4 12.2
South Korea 13.1 6.04
France 9.6 4.42
Germany 9.5 4.40
UK 8.9 4.35
Canada 6.7 4.09
Italy 6.6 3.05
Spain 4.6 2.12
Netherlands 4.4 2.00
Taiwan 4.3 1.97
Brazil 3.0 1.39
Australia 2.6 1.21
Belgium 2.1 0.97
Top 15 countries 185.2 85.25
Worldwide 217.2 100
Source: Computer Industry Almanac

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