Broadband access technologies duking it out

June 13, 2001 The deployment of broadband services will exceed 21 million by the end of this year, and reach nearly 84 million by the end of 2005.

June 13, 2001 According to Cahners In-Stat Group, a high-technology market-research company, the deployment of broadband services will exceed 21 million by the end of this year, and reach nearly 84 million by the end of 2005. Of the technologies available for broadband, the group reports that cable modems and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) have the highest subscriber-penetration rates. Even though satellite broadband and fixed wireless access show promise, high equipment and operating costs will keep their penetration rates well behind cable modem and DSL access over the next several years, Cahners In-Stat reports.

The report states that worldwide broadband service revenues will rise from $5.8 billion last year to more than $37 billion in 2005. Also, from the end of 2000 until the end of 2002, total U.S. broadband subscribers will nearly triple, from 6.8 million to more than 19 million. And North American cable-modem subscribers will continue to outnumber DSL subscribers through 2004. However, by the end of next year, total worldwide DSL subscribers will surpass total worldwide cable-modem subscribers.

More information on the report, "The Broadband Marathon: Access Technologies Jockey for Subscribers" is available at (www.instat.com).

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