DSL Internet grows 77% in India

By agencies   |   Thursday, 22 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: India added 97,000 new DSL subscribers in the first half of 2005, bringing the total figure to 222,000- a growth of more than 77 percent, one of the highest in South-East Asia, according to the latest data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point Topic.

In terms of market penetration, currently 0.54% of all telephone lines (per 100 lines) deliver DSL services in India, the DSL forum said.

While China leads the world with 21.230,000 DSL connections, South Korea leads in broadband Internet connections with 25.58 million subscribers.

DSL remains the most popular broadband access technology around the world. According to Michael Brusca, chairman of the DSL Forum, ”By using the existing copper telephone infrastructure and applying standards-based DSL technologies, with equipment that has been tested for interoperability and by deploying our growing range of robust, practical technical solutions for deployment and management of broadband services, countries can accelerate their broadband development efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Tim Johnson of Point Topic, says “Broadband is on track to achieve at least 200 million global subscribers by the end of 2005, with more than ten countries achieving 20% market penetration.

“Newer entrants to the broadband access markets are accelerating their deployment of services to catch up with the more established territories, adding to their global competitiveness. Monitoring new entrants’ progress is a constant challenge that we have addressed by identifying local contributors to help collect robust data. We have been particularly assisted in this edition of our statistics by J'son and Partners in Russia, and the ISP Association of India."

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