Broadband industry organisation the DSL Forum says New Zealand added 184,187 new DSL subscribers in the 12 months to 30 September 2006, bringing the total figure to 486,000 – a growth of 61% in the year.
This growth rate figure compares to a mere 6.2 per cent in the Asia Pacific region, or 1,728,412 DSL more subscribers according to DSL Forum. The total number of DSL subscribers in the APAC is 29.5 million.
Globally, DSL Forum reckons there were some 173 million DSL customers out of a total of 263 million broadband users around September 30, 2006. The rate of broadband users is increasing by one and a quarter million every week, says the DSL Forum. Two-thirds of the new broadband users in the year are DSL customers.
DSL is the world's most widely deployed broadband access technology with 65.61 per cent market share. Cable is second with 22.84 per cent, but fibre to the premises is becoming popular too, and is now at third place with 10.84 per cent of the market.
The United States still has the most broadband customers - more than 55.5 million. China is snapping at its heels though, and has 48.5 million customers now, followed by Japan with 26 million broadband users. These three countries account for almost half of all broadband connections in the world, according to the DSL forum.