The Broadband Forum has a new report out (warning: PDF link) based on a study of broadband growth conducted by analyst firm Point Topic. The good news is that there are now more than 400 million broadband subscribers worldwide. That’s up 600,000 percent since 1998. Says senior analyst Oliver Johnson:
Getting to 400 million subscribers… has been one of the fastest rollouts of a major new technology the world has ever seen.
The growth is impressive, but the number that really rocked me back was the stat on fiber broadband subscribers. Since 2002, the number of subscribers accessing broadband via fiber has rocketed to more than 45 million. That’s in six years! According to last month’s OECD report, fiber’s share of the broadband market keeps growing too. In Japan, 45% of broadband connections are fiber-based.