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Venice and London, 23rd September 2004. New research from Quantum Web suggests that the Asia Pacific region now commands a global lead in terms of broadband deployment. The results of World Broadband Market, for the end of the second quarter of this year, reveal Asia now has 41% of the world total broadband subscribers, and the highest penetration of DSL technologies.

Growth for the quarter demonstrated that Asia Pacific has the most concentrated residential broadband subscriber base, but the rate if increase between March and June had reached just under 5%. The US remains the world’s largest single market with 30 million subscribers.

Elsewhere, significant residential growth rates have been achieved, particularly in the EU accession states, which have achieved in excess of 12%, or double the world growth rate.

One of the key issues confronting broadband service providers is the speed of migration from dial-up and increasing the average revenue per user (ARPU). As such, value–added services are increasingly included in services offering such as free Anti-virus, Anti-Spam, free SMS and international roaming to access to the Internet.

The report nevertheless sounded a word of caution on current growth. Although the number of broadband subscribers across the world rose to 118 million with an increase of 6.46 per cent over the previous quarter, this represented the lowest quarterly growth rate so far, for broadband access technologies.

Among the top 20 broadband markets worldwide, Denmark is the newest entrant with slightly below 1 million subscribers. This result also highlights the scale of the digital divide, and challenges that lie ahead in deploying broadband globally. Indeed, the report notes that competition in the provision of broadband services within emerging markets will continue to intensify, leading to pricing pressure and more importance placed on performance.

Slovakia has gained the pole position in the world ranking of fastest growing broadband market this quarter by adding nearly 100,000 new subscribers to its current base, representing 88 per cent growth to its broadband market.

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