Broadband now accounts for 30 per cent of all internet use worldwide, a newly-released report has suggested.
According to Research and Market's annual Global Broadband Market - Demand for Faster Networks study, the uptake for high-speed broadband services will grow further worldwide as people become frustrated by the speeds associated with dial-up.
Furthermore, as Web 2.0 services become more popular, having access to reliable high-speed broadband will become increasingly important, the report suggests.
"Broadband and high-speed wireless penetrations will continue to increase, as will the growth of new applications that could exploit these higher speeds," it also predicts.
Demand for next phase broadband services such as fibre optic networks will also grow steadily, presenting a challenge to the dominance of DSL broadband services - which work using copper cabling.
Currently, DSL connections account for 66 per cent of the market, while fibre optics constitute 11 per cent.
According to a recently published Nielsen study cited by ITPro, only a very small percentage of UK users are currently enjoying super-fast broadband services such as that provided by fibre optics.