Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Broadband Access Expected to Exceed 325 Million in 2008

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Broadband Access Expected to Exceed 325 Million in 2008

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BOSTON

In a research report released earlier this month, the global base for broadband Internet access is expected to reach 325 million subscribers by 2008, up from more than 100 million at the end of 2003, according to the Boston-based Yankee Group consulting firm.

"Broadband access continues to be one of the largest and most profitable areas of telecommunications around the world," says Lindsay Schroth, the Broadband Access Technologies senior analyst at the Yankee Group. "Despite the downturn in telecom spending in the past few years, providers are expanding access networks and attracting new broadband subscribers with a variety &access technologies."

The firm forecasts 35 million subscribers to be added in 2004, followed by approximately 43 million during 2005 and 2006, trending upward to 46 million and 51 million in the last two years of the forecast. It also expects DSL to add between 25 million and 30 million subscribers per year, and cable modern will hover around 8 million. …

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