150 mln broadband lines worldwide by the end of 2004

Worldwide broadband subscribers will exceed 150 million before the end of 2004, according to Point Topic. Worldwide broadband subscriptions rose to 136.4 mln in Q3 2004. This marks a 53% increase from 89 mln lines in Q3 2003 – an absolute increase of 47 mln lines. The Asia Pacific share of subscriptions stood at 43% with 58.7 mln lines. EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) market share increased by 4% since Q3 2003 to 27% and 37.1 mln lines, as the Americas share declined by 3% to 30% reaching 40.6 mln lines.