Broadband Forum: Americas see upswing in broadband subscriptions

Boosted by aggressive network deployments by major service providers, it was a stellar year for broadband and IPTV growth in the Americas region. According to the Broadband Forum's yearly broadband progress report, the Americas region saw 18 percent growth of broadband subs and an 86 percent increase in IPTV adoption. Point Topic, the Broadband Forum's research partner, reported that global broadband penetration increased by an additional 12.9 million lines during the second quarter of 2009, while the IPTV market grew 11 percent to reach 26.9 million total lines. The Americas region now accounts for 28 percent of the global broadband market.

North America and Canada, which now serve more than 95 million users collectively, saw broadband subscribership grow 3.63 percent. Meanwhile, Latin America reported it has more than 29 million broadband subscribers. Brazil was the largest contributor to the growth of Latin America's broadband subscriber base, as the country reported its broadband subscription rate rose 4.02 percent for the second quarter and more than 23.3 percent over the year.

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