Global broadband subscribers inches up to 600 million

The total number of global broadband subscribers is inching toward 600 million, according to data released by industry group Broadband Forum. They estimate that at the end of the third quarter of 2011, there were about 581 million broadband subscribers.

The Dutch love their fiber (broadband)

Netherlands, a country that wants to have 1 Gbps connections everywhere now has 269,000 fiber-based broadband subscribers. Netherlands has a total of 6.29 million broadband subscribers including 2.66 million who use cable broadband and it is one of the fastest broadband nations in the world.

DSL Trembles (a Tad) As Fiber Rumbles

Fiber broadband is finally coming into its own, thanks to the growing number of fiber broadband deployments across the world. However, fiber broadband’s growing popularity is coming at the cost of DSL, one of the more widely deployed broadband technologies

State of the Internet: Fiber, Fast Cities and Faster Broadband

Broadband continues to spread worldwide and the high-speed internet movement is going wireless, according to data collected by Akamai for its latest State of the Internet report. Here are glimpses of the report, including fastest cities in the world as well as some U.S. stats.

Chattanooga Goes Choo-Choo with 1 Gbps Broadband

Chattanooga, TN today become one of few places in the world where it is possible to get 1 Gbps broadband connections to their homes and businesses, thanks to their muni-owned network operator & utility, EPB. The GPON-based network is one of the fastest anywhere.

By The Numbers: Our Very Connected, Always-On World

Our world is getting smaller and smaller, thanks to the increasing number of folks connecting to the Internet. It is more connected, changing the way we live, work, communicate and share. Here is a visual representation of our connected planet, by the numbers.

How Much Will Google’s Fiber Network Cost?

Google today announced an audacious plan to build what a cutting-edge broadband network. It is an experimental network, much like Google’s Wi-Fi network in the city of Mountain View, Calif. Google’s planned FTTH network won’t be cheap, but in the end it is worth the price.

What Can You Do With 1 Gigabit?

Google earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is what can you do with this much speed? Share your ideas with us.

OECD: U.S. Largest, If Not The Fastest, Broadband Market

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its report on broadband usage and penetration with some interesting findings and observations. Instead of bemoaning the problems of broadband here in the United States, how about some highlights from the 151-page report, which I hope to dig into later today:

  • At the end of 2007, U.S. broadband companies had 69.9 million subscribers, making it the largest OECD country by total number of subscribers, and represented 30 percent of the total OECD subscriber base.
  • The United States ranks 15th with a broadband density of 23.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Denmark has the highest broadband density at 35.1 percent.
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