From a regional perspective, Eastern Europe secured its leading position with a remarkable 14.2% growth in Q4 2006. Compared to Q3 2006, the quarterly growth rate has increased by 0.8%. The region’s market share on the world’s broadband subscriber base increased from 2.9% to 3.8% over the year 2006. Of the fifteen countries in the Eastern European region, Russia, Poland and Romania were the top three countries with an aggregate of 2.8 mln new subscribers added in Q4 2006, contributing 61.9% of net additions in the region, Point Topic says.
Coming in second is the Middle East & Africa region (MEA) which grew by 13.3% in this quarter. With this report, we have included three countries previously not covered: Syria, Palestine and Yemen. By the end of 2006, the MEA region had almost 6 mln broadband users, accounting for 2.1% of the world’s broadband subscribers. In the Latin America region, the quarterly growth in Q4 has reduced slightly from 11.6% to 10.6%, which is mainly due to a decline in subscriber growth in the three leaders of the regional broadband market: Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. Of all seven world regions, Western Europe, MEA and Eastern Europe are the only regions reporting a rise in quarterly growth rates since Q4 2005. Compared to the previous quarter, the growth has gone from 6.1% to 7.9% at the end of Q4 2006. In terms of total broadband subscribers, Western Europe had netted some 77.7 mln by the end of 2006, accounting for 27.6% of the world’s broadband subscribers. The broadband market in Greece continued to outgrow all other countries, with a phenomenal quarterly growth rate of 31.9%, an increase of over 10 points over Q3 2006.