closedownarrowexternal-linklogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
default

More internet users are subscribing to fibre-optic broadband services than cable broadband, according to new figures.

Research from analysts Point Topic shows that while 4.2 million people signed up for fibre-optic broadband globally in the first quarter of 2008, the number subscribing to cable broadband was 2.5 million.

While Asia is believed to account for 32 million of the 42 million fibre-optic broadband users internationally, the UK, continental Europe and the US are being left behind by the global trend.

Oliver Johnson, Point Topic's chief executive, commented: "[The growth is] a significant milestone for fibre-optic broadband; where it is available consumers will take fibre over other broadband technologies.

He went on: "DSL is adding more subscribers than fibre in absolute numbers, but not in percentage growth."

Despite the fact that fibre-optic broadband is more expensive to set up than cable, it is expected to surpass both cable and DSL in coming years as the biggest internet access technology.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Angela 6 days ago Complaint over broadband... I have tried to claim my £200 cash back over the past 9 months which I have never received or had any...
  • Josh Cropper 1 week ago Government scheme gets superfast... 10Mbps by 2020? Careful guys... They're gonna hack super fast dial up into your eyes by 2030 at this...
  • David Longstaff 1 week ago How to fix Sky Q's 'too bright'... Swiping, or clicking, right brings up the last program pop up then pressing back removes it, with no...

Search news