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DSL Breaks Growth Record

More new DSL subscribers were signed up globally in the first quarter of 2003 than in any previous quarter: 5.5 million lines were added around the world, bringing the total to 41.4 million, according to market research firm Point Topic Ltd. (see Global DSL Shows Record Growth).

Japan experienced the greatest growth, adding 1.4 million DSL subscribers in the first quarter, giving it 7 million in total. This puts Japan at the top of the world DSL league table, a fraction ahead of the U.S., with South Korea not far behind (see chart 1). China showed the second-highest aggregate growth, adding 680,000 lines for a total of nearly 3 million.



Key to Japan's growth is the combination of low prices and high speeds available, according to Point Topic. That's a combination that prevails throughout much of Asia, including South Korea and Taiwan, which have the highest DSL penetration rates in the world (see chart 2).



Could that combination boost uptake elsewhere in the world, as well? To find out, read the full story on Boardwatch. — Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch

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single mode figure 12/4/2012 | 11:55:34 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record There needs to be a broad initutive to implement fiber in the loop to all economies that share common trade interests. This would enable economies of scale to integrate and grow dramatically. Rather, today we have an unsynchronized reliance on cooper techniques such as DSL or sub-carrier techniques over cable. This would also spawn many new killer app's.

pnni-1 12/4/2012 | 11:55:29 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record I have to disagree. Maybe fiber has a ROI case for a green field market. There are tons of high bandwidth solutions for the current HFC infrastructure. Remember you don't "build it and they will come". I think we learned that from all the CLEC that went bankrupt.
rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 11:55:28 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record Remember you don't "build it and they will come". I think we learned that from all the CLEC that went bankrupt.

There are many lessons which came from the CLEC bankruptcies, but that's not one of them.
Accelerated Photon 12/4/2012 | 11:55:25 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record The cause of bubble was a whole bunch of companies which had no actual product or purpose which uninformed investors threw their money at just because they had a .com name and a web site. The present economy is not the same. The growth in cable-modem, DSL and PON are all real revenue generating businesses with a future
echo2 12/4/2012 | 11:55:25 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record My options are going to make me rich!!!
rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 11:55:22 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record Today's NYT business section has an article titled "Cable Confident of Its Internet Lead Over Phone Rivals" written by Matt Richtel. A picture with Gates, Karmazin, Parsons and Roberts all sitting on stage is worth a thousand words. (Remember, none of these guys really believes in the internet not to mention things like structural separation.)

The sad part is the public is just being sold another bill of goods by these con games. Like the phone companies and cable companies are really interested in competition -- give me a break. There's a better chance Dubya will find those WMDs, or Powell Sr. wil convince the Iranian clerics to adopt demoracy, than there this is that Powell Jr. will ever "motivate" these pigopolists to serve the public interest by providing citizens unicast bandwidth abundance which adheres to the principles of common carrier, universal service, and structural separation.

Municipal governments taking matters into their own hands will probably have to condemn these legacy players poaching our ROWs and take back what rightfully belongs to the local communities.
echo2 12/4/2012 | 11:55:21 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record LOL, you are talking about the internet bubble, and I guess you missed the telecom bubble which was much bigger

bubbles are bubbles, they can grow on fantasy products, fantasy growth, fantasy demand, I dont care, I just like bubbles

since we are now well into the MTV generation with attention deficit disorder, I shouldnt have to wait long for the next one
dwdm2 12/4/2012 | 11:55:21 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record "Remember, none of these guys really believes in the internet not to mention things like structural separation."

Its strange that BG does not support Internet. What do they lose? Don't they get to sell more XP and all other software? Is there any paradox between MS and Internet? Kind of simplistic question, but I am curious...
PackMan 12/4/2012 | 11:55:20 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record LOL, you are talking about the internet bubble, and I guess you missed the telecom bubble which was much bigger

bubbles are bubbles, they can grow on fantasy products, fantasy growth, fantasy demand, I dont care, I just like bubbles

since we are now well into the MTV generation with attention deficit disorder, I shouldnt have to wait long for the next one

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Ummm.. guess you missed the fact that the article discussed real deployment numbers that have already occurred - not anticipated numbers that drove the internet and telecom bubble.
pnni-1 12/4/2012 | 11:55:20 PM
re: DSL Breaks Growth Record Maybe not for all CLEC's but there were alot of them that build these nice high capacity networks and had too high OPEX to keep them going. Yea, if they would have used the venture cap. money better maybe they would have survived, but that is a big MAYBE! You have to have something that drives bandwidth. Take L3, they are always talking about services, customer app etc. Just because you can provide with a 0c-12 does not mean I'm going to buy one. Just because you can is not a good business case for doing so. Hey, perhaps my way of making business decisions is old fashion, but it worked so far in my life.
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