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China's broadband growth expected to top US
Updated: 2005-12-25 09:55

In the U.S., however, cable is still king. While DSL subscriber growth in the third quarter of 2005 hit 8.7 percent, higher than cable broadband's 5.8 percent, it still lags behind cable.

Despite the growth broadband subscribers at cable operators such as Time Warner Cable , Comcast and Cox Communications still have a comfortable lead at 23.5 million.

DSL from carriers such as Verizon Communications and AT&T , on the other hand, have 17.3 million customers.

In the DSL industry AT&T (6.5 million), Verizon (4.5 million) and Bell South (2.7 million) lead the pack; Comcast (8.1 million), Time Warner Cable (4.5 million) and Cox (3 million) lead among cable operators. Numbers are current as of June 30.

According to Point-Topic, DSL has maintained the growth rate lead for the past nine quarters. Since the third quarter of 2003 DSL has had an average growth rate of 9.8 percent while cable has grown at a smaller 6.5 percent average growth rate.

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