US Jumps to 24th in Worldwide Broadband Penetration - US Broadband Penetration Grows to 83.4% Among Active Internet Users - August 2007 Bandwidth Report

August 21, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Website Optimization is announcing today that reversing a previous trend, the US moved up from 25th to 24th in broadband penetration worldwide in the first quarter of 2007 (see Figure 1). Broadband penetration among active Internet users grew to 83.43% in US homes in June, up 0.2 percentage points from 83.23% in June 2007.

US Jumps to 24th in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The US moved up one place in household broadband penetration to 24th worldwide in Q1 2007. Australia dropped to 25th place, a reversal of a previous trend. As of Q1 2007 52.72% of US households had a broadband connection while Australia was at 51.93%. South Korea still leads the pack at 89.38%, with Hong Kong at 87.14%, Monaco at 82.92%, Iceland at 75.76%, Singapore at 75.53%, the Netherlands 73.27%, Denmark at 72.99%, Macau at 72.27%, Isral at 72.07%, Norway at 71.35%. At current growth rates, Hong Kong should pass South Korea in broadband penetration by the summer of 2007.

Home Connectivity in the US

US broadband penetration grew to 83.43% among active Internet users in July 2007. Narrowband users connecting at 56Kbps or less now make up 16.57% of active Internet users, down 0.2 percentage points from 16.77% in June 2007 (see Figure 2).

Broadband Growth Trends in the US

In July 2007, broadband penetration in US homes grew 0.2 percentage points to 83.43% up from 83.28% in May. This increase of 0.2 points is below the average increase in broadband of 0.8 points per month over the last six months (see Figure 3). US broadband penetration uptake appears to be slowing down over the past few months.

Work Connectivity
As of July 2007, 94.21% of US workers connected to the Internet with broadband, up 0.16 percentage points from the 94.05% share in June. At work 5.79% connect at 56Kbps or less (see Figure 4).

Further Reading:

Provided the US broadband penetration data for active Internet users for the Bandwidth Report.

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Supplied the worldwide broadband penetration data for the Bandwidth Report.

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About The Bandwidth Report

The Bandwidth Report is a monthly roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere. Each month's bandwidth report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband trends, including:

* Home Connectivity in the US
* Broadband Growth in the US
* Work Connectivity
* Broadband Trends in the US, Canada, and other countries

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