European broadband penetration in 2004
Germany trails a long way behind the global leaders in the broadband segment. Broadband penetration in Japan is twice as high, while in Korea it is no less than three times higher than in Germany. Even compared to its European neighbours Germany is at best merely average. Germany’s ranking is particularly worrying as the broadband fixed network technologies, like TV cable modems, powerline (internet via the mains socket), ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and the even faster version VDSL (Very High Data Rate Digital Subscriber Line; data rates of up to 50 Mbit/s) form the foundation for promising e-business, Deutsche Bank says.