for Wednesday, Febraury 25, 2004
Broadband Report Online: US at 43 %
grew by 0.15% in January, with 43% of Internet-connected U.S. households
enjoying a high-speed connection. 57% of US home users dial into the Internet
with "narrowband" connections of 56Kbps or less.* Sweden leads all countries
in Internet penetration at 76.9%. The charts below, derived from Nielsen//NetRatings
and Internetworldstats.com, show trends in connection speeds to the Internet
for users in the United States and worldwide.
Home Connectivity in the US
Report is a monthly roundup of broadband penetration figures from the
US and elsewhere. Each month they report on connection speeds, both
at work and at home. Additionally, they predict the growth of broadband
based on current trends. Thanks to Nielsen//NetRatings, Jupiter Research,
Ipsos-Reid, the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, and the
International Telecommunication Union for providing the original data.
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As of January 2004, most users in
the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less.
46.6% use 56Kbps modems, 7.2% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 3.2% use 14.4Kbps modems.
In total, 57% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps
or less (see Figure 1).
Broadband Growth in the US
Broadband penetration in US homes
increased by 0.15% in January. As of January 2004 broadband penetration
was at 43%, up from 42.85% in December. This is lower than the average
increase in broadband of .75% per month from October 1999 to December 2003.
Extrapolating the data provided by Nielsen//NetRatings, we estimate that
broadband share in the US should exceed 50% by June of 2004 (see Figure
Most workers in the US enjoy high-speed
connections to the Internet. Most use a high-speed line such as a T1 connection,
and share bandwidth between computers connected to an Ethernet network.
The speed of each connection decreases as more employees hook up to the
LAN. As of January of 2004, of those connected to the Internet, 75.1% of
US users at work enjoy a high-speed connection, down 0.5% from 75.6% in
December. 24.9% connect from work at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 3).
Sweden Has Highest Internet Penetration
Sweden leads all countries surveyed
in overall Internet penetration, with 76.9% of the population on the Internet,
according to Internetworldstats.com. The Netherlands follow with 66%, Australia
next at 64.2%, the United States at 63.3%, and Iceland and Denmark tie
at 62.5% Internet penetration.
Digital Access Index - http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/dai/index.html
The ITU's DAI shows that Sweden
has the highest level of access to the Internet worldwide. The DAI includes
the following factors: availability of infrastructure, affordability of
access, educational level, quality of ICT services, and Internet usage.
Note that this data is from 2002.
Internet World Stats - http://www.internetworldstats.com/
Tracks Internet usage worldwide
using various trusted sources. Includes Internet penetration data on 240
countries and regions in the stats page. As of Dec. 2003 Sweden tops all
countries in Internet penetration with 76.9%. By Enrique de Argaez.
About The Bandwidth Report:
The Bandwidth Report is a monthly
roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere. Each month's bandwidth
report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband
- Home Connectivity in the US
- Broadband Growth in the US
- Work Connectivity
- Broadband Trends in the US, Canada,
and other countries
The February 2004 Bandwidth Report
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