Broadband passes 500m subs

Broadband has taken a significant step forward as the number of subscriber lines passed the 500 million mark in July 2010.  The milestone was revealed as the Broadband Forum provided its global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update at its quarterly meeting in Hong Kong.

Robin Mersh, Chief Executive Officer of the Broadband Forum, said: “Today is a day to celebrate, but we continue to work towards strategic broadband evolution goals and our work on IPv6 and helping service providers to support its integration is part of our role in anticipating and solving the issues before they arise.  This is the one of the key initiatives that is paving the way for the next milestone to be achieved.”

The new figures show that global broadband subscribers reached 498 million lines (497,768,162) by the end of June 2010, representing a 2.63 per cent growth in the quarter and 11.99 per cent in the last 12 months to end of Q2 2010.

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