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Home Connectivity in the US:
|September 2003 Bandwidth
Report - US Broadband Penetration Now At 38.9%, Iceland Gives Internet
grew by 1.09% in August, with 38.9% of US home users enjoying a high-speed
connection. 61.1% of US home users dial into the Internet with "narrowband"
connections of 56Kbps or less. The information below, derived from Nielsen/NetRatings
data, show trends in connection speeds to the Internet for users in the
As of August 2003, most users in
the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less.
50.3% use 56Kbps modems, 7.9% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 2.9% use 14.4Kbps modems.
In total, 61.1% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps
or less. (See the September 2003 Bandwidth Report Figure 1) http://www.websiteoptimization.com/bw/0309/
Broadband Growth in the US:
Broadband penetration in US homes
increased by 1.09% in August. As of August 2003 broadband penetration was
at 38.9%, up from 37.8% in July. This is higher than the average increase
in broadband of .72% per month from October 1999 to July 2003. Extrapolating
the data provided by Nielsen//NetRatings, broadband share in the US should
exceed 50% by June of 2004. (See Figure 2)
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 August of 2003, of those connected to the Internet, 72.2% of
US users at work enjoy a high-speed connection, up 1.26% from 70.9% in
July. 27.8% connect from work at 56Kbps or less. (See Figure 3
Worldwide, there were 63 million
broadband subscribers at the start of 2003, with 1.13 billion fixed-line
users, and 1.16 billion mobile phone users, according to the ITU's "Birth
of Broadband" report. Korea leads all countries with 21.3 subscribers per
100 inhabitants. Hong Kong next (14.9), with Canada (11.2), Taiwan (9.4),
Denmark (8.6), Belgium (8.4), Iceland (8.4), Sweden (7.8), Netherlands
(7.2), Japan (7.1), United States (6.9), Austria (6.6), Switzerland (6.3),
Singapore (5.5), and Finland (5.3) following. The United States has the
most broadband subscribers (20 million plus), followed by Korea, Japan,
Canada, and Germany.
Worlwide, about one in every ten
Internet subscribers has a broadband connection (10.7%). Globally, the
type of broadband access is dominated by DSL, which is 20% more popular
than cable. Of broadband users connected to the Internet, 59% use DSL while
39% use cable. DSL is more common in Asia and Europe, while cable is more
popular in the Americas.
Worldwide Internet Adoption:
Iceland leads all countries in Internet
users per 100 inhabitants with 60.76%, followed by Sweden (57.31%), Korea
(55.19%), Singapore (53.97%), United States (53.75%), Netherlands (53.04%),
Finland (50.89%), Norway (50.48%), New Zealand (48.44%), and Canada (48.39%).
Usage Limits Enforced
See the Birth
of Broadband report (ISBN: 92-61-10351-0, 200 pages, September 2003)
for global broadband adoption statistics at the start of 2003.
*Note: "Users" signifies people
connected to the Internet.
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 August 2003 Bandwidth Report
is available at:
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