Global Broadband Heads for 500M

2:00 PM -- PARIS -- Broadband World Forum Europe -- The global fixed broadband subscriber base is on course to top the 500 million mark some time in 2010, if EuroBlog's extrapolations of the Broadband Forum 's latest statistics are in any way accurate.

At the end of June this year there were, according to the data supplied to the Forum by Point Topic Ltd. , nearly 444.3 million broadband connections worldwide, 63.6 million more than there were a year earlier. If uptake continues at that (global recession-impacted) pace, the total should break the half-a-billion barrier around mid-2010. Give or take a few hours.

China is the world's biggest broadband market, with 93.5 million lines, followed by the U.S. with 86.2 million.

The Forum also provided updated IPTV subscriber numbers. According to Point Topic's research there were 26.9 million TV-over-broadband subscribers globally at the end of June, up from 17.1 million a year earlier.

Of those 26.9 million, 13.6 million -- that's more than half, folks –- were in Europe (West and East), Middle East, and Africa.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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