SOURCE: eMarketer

March 28, 2007 10:26 ET

Broadband Households Number 251 Million Worldwide

As Dial-Up Wanes, Next Phase of Broadband Dawns

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- What dial-up was to broadband, DSL is to fiber. Countries such as South Korea, Japan and to a lesser extent, the United States are entering a new phase of broadband development as the market goes from high-speed Internet to very-high-speed Internet. This will be one of the key drivers for the global broadband market in the coming years, according to eMarketer's report Broadband Worldwide: 2005-2011 (

At the end of 2006, there were approximately 251 million broadband households worldwide. The US and China are the two largest broadband markets in the world, with 54.6 million and 46.6 million broadband households, respectively.

By 2011, eMarketer estimates that the number of broadband households in the US will total 89.9 million, representing 69.3% of all American households. At the same time there will also be 90.5 million broadband households in China, accounting for a mere 23% of all Chinese households.

Key questions the Broadband Worldwide report answers:

--  How many broadband households are there
    in selected countries in North America,
    Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin

--  Which broadband technologies currently

--  What technologies are emerging -- and why?

--  Which countries will lead the world in
    the next decade?
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