This puts the U.S. slightly ahead of South Korea (6.44 million) in the DSL subscriber line league table for the end of 2002, with Japan in third place (5.64 million), and Germany in fourth, with 3.21 million DSL subscribers.
Worldwide there were 35.9 million active DSL lines at the end of 2002, compared with 25.6 million at the end of June 2002 (see DSL Subs Top 25M).
Subscriber growth was greater in the second half of the year overall, according to Point Topic's numbers, with nearly all the top 50 markets experiencing double-digit growth. Highlights include:
- The U.S. added 880,000 new lines in the first half of the year, and 1,198,000 in the second half (2,078,000 for the year), while South Korea added 556,000 and 704,000 (1,260,000 in total).
- Japan experienced phenomenal growth -- 1,776,000 additions in the first half and 2,339,000 in the second half of 2002.
- Germany bucked the trend by adding fewer subscribers in the second half, 640,000, compared with 732,000 in the first six months (1,372,000 in 2002).
China's growth was clearly the highest, though from a base of only just more than 700,000 at the end of June (see table below). At the end of 2002 China had 2.22 million DSL subscribers.
Table 1: Top 10 Countries for Growth in DSL Lines
|Rank||Country||% growth 2H02|
|Note: Only countries with over 100,000 DSL lines are listed here|
Source: Point Topic
Point Topic notes that in certain broadband markets cable modem penetration is higher, particularly in the U.S., where more than 11 million were in use at the end of 2002. Other countries with more cable modems than DSL lines include Canada, the U.K., Austria, and the Netherlands. South Korea has 3.55 million cable modem users in addition to its DSL subscribers, leaving little room for further growth, as the country now boasts 64 percent broadband penetration. This compares with just over 6 percent broadband penetration in the U.S.
— Ray Le Maistre, Boardwatch