Globally, Now 400M Broadband Subscribers

12 thoughts on “Globally, Now 400M Broadband Subscribers”

  1. @Om,

    This is a great achievement, though I think we’ll see another huge inflection when the marketing of laptops with embedded broadband begins. This opportunity, combined with the emerging WiMAX (soon LTE) will lead to even greater adoption. I expect in a few years that we’ll see household penetration north of 80%.

    Best,

    Curtis

  2. @Curtis

    I think that is a much bigger wave and that was one of the reasons why I did the Mobilize conference to essentially get a better understanding of the wireless broadband and opportunities it brings to us. Stay tuned… for the fun has just begun.

  3. Would be interesting to see graphs of broadband subscriptions vs broadband users over time. In 1998 the number of users must have been 10-100 times higher than subscribers. Think of all the students who had broadband in their apartements and dorm rooms for free. And now ten years later people are starting to have one personal mobile broadband subscription, and a wired one that the family shares. It has been a wild ride, and at the same time it has just begun!

  4. No meter on bandwidth? You would agree bandwidth is a limited resource, correct? So how can the major ISPs operate long term, as certain people consume more of this resource than others? In practice, if we keep a flat fee for unlimited bandwidth, most people’s connection would slow down which would hurt the emergence of new technologies like youtube and skype.
    Also, I’m curious how you think we are followers in the broadband race. Wimax was developed (and already deployed in some places) in the US.

  5. One other thing – I just clicked through to the article about NewTeeVee and bitrates and compression. I do agree that companies will find ways to deliver video more efficiently, using less bandwidth. But if I accept your premise – that cable is just trying to protect it’s video content – then in order to compete and innovate it has to provide more of what kind of video the customer wants. That is more HD conent, Interactive Television, ect. – which also fills up space on the wire. I don’t think cable is about to roll over and surrender the video space. Besides, cable networks are optimized for the delivery of video in a way that IPTV (delivering video over the standard internet protocols) is not. We are still a long ways away from getting the same experience of watching an HD video over the internet as from cable tv.

  6. @Andreas I like your idea of broadband users versus broadband subscribers. It would be hard to get the exact details on those numbers. If anyone really knows about these numbers, then maybe they can leave a link here in the comments

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