This month in the Bandwidth Report we compare Korea's record broadband growth to the US. Subsidized by the Korean government, broadband is spreading at a rapid pace in Korea, with over 70% of wired users now on their high-speed network. In the US, broadband grew by 0.42 percentage points in May, with 35.9% of wired US users enjoying a high-speed connection. The charts below, derived from Nielsen//NetRatings data, show the trends in connection speeds to the Internet in the US.
As of May 2003, most users in the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems of 56Kbps or less. 51.6% use 56Kbps modems, 9.32% use 28/33.3Kbps, and 3.2% use 14.4Kbps modems. In total, 64.13% of home users in the US connect to the Internet at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Web Connection Speed Trends - Home Users (US)
Broadband penetration in US homes increased by 0.42 percentage points in May. As of May 2003 broadband penetration was at 35.87%, up from 35.45% in April. This is lower than the average increase in broadband of 0.72 percentage points per month from October 1999 to April 2003. Extrapolating the data provided by Nielsen//NetRatings, broadband share in the US should exceed 50% by June of 2004 (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Broadband Connection Speed Trend - Home Users (US)
Extrapolated from Nielsen//NetRatings data
Most workers in the US enjoy high-speed connections to the Internet. Most use a high-speed line such as a T1 connection, and share bandwidth between computers connected to a network. The speed of each connection decreases as more employees hook up to the LAN. As of May of 2003, of those connected to the Internet, 69.7% of US users at work enjoy a high-speed connection, up from 69.3% in April. 30.3% connect from work at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Web Connection Speed Trends - Work Users (US)
Meanwhile, over in Korea the broadband revolution continues. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication, broadband penetration now exceeds 70% in Korea, with over 10 million subscribers hooked up to their high-speed Internet network. For the unwired, three mobile carriers are offering CDMA-based third-generation mobile services to more than 32 million users.
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By website optimization on 17 Jun 2003 AM