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June 2003 Bandwidth
Report: Korean Broadband Penetration Breaks 70%, US Broadband Growth Lags
How fast are most
connection speeds in the US? How far has broadband penetrated into the
US and abroad? The following statistics, derived from Nielsen//NetRatings
data, show trends in connection speeds to the Internet.
This month in the Bandwidth Report we
compare Korea's record broadband growth to the US. Subsidized by the Korean
government, broadband is spreading at a rapid pace in Korea, with over
70% of wired users now on their high-speed network. In the US, broadband
grew by .42% in May, with 35.9% of wired US users enjoying a high-speed
connection. The charts below, derived from Nielsen//NetRatings data, show
the trends in connection speeds to the Internet in the US.
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Home Connectivity in the US:
As of May 2003, most users in the
US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less. 51.6%
use 56Kbps modems, 9.32% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 3.2% use 14.4Kbps modems.
In total, 64.13% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps
(See the June
2003 Bandwidth Report.)
Broadband Growth in the US:
Broadband penetration in US homes
increased by .42% in May. As of May 2003 broadband penetration was at 35.87%,
up from 35.45% in April. This is lower than the average increase in broadband
of .72% per month from October 1999 to April 2003. Extrapolating the data
provided by Nielsen//NetRatings, broadband share in the US should exceed
50% by June of 2004. (See the June
2003 Bandwidth Report.)
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 a network. The speed
of each connection decreases as more employees hook up to the LAN. As of
May of 2003, of those connected to the Internet, 69.7% of US users at work
enjoy a high-speed connection, up from 69.3% in April. 30.3% connect from
work at 56Kbps or less.
the June 2003 Bandwidth Report.)
Korean Broadband Penetration:
Meanwhile, over in Korea the broadband
revolution continues. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication,
broadband penetration now exceeds 70% in Korea, with over 10 million subscribers
hooked up to their high-speed Internet network. For the unwired, three
mobile carriers are offering CDMA-based third-generation mobile services
to more than 32 million users.
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roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere. Each month's bandwidth
report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband
The June 2003 Bandwidth Report is available
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