Global DSL usage doubles to 35.9 million in 2002

14 Mar 2003

New figures released this week by DSL Forum show that worldwide digital subscriber line (DSL) penetration topped 35.9 million in 2002, a near doubling of the figure recorded twelve months earlier. The US retained top spot with 6.45 million lines despite having a penetration of only 3.4%, and South Korea, which boasts the highest DSL penetration anywhere with 28.3%, closed the gap by connecting 6.43 million lines. Taiwan increased penetration to 15.8%, followed by Hong Kong with 10.29% and Europe’s best performer Belgium at 10.26%. DSL is expected to accelerate again in 2003 as new standards such as ADSL2 and SDSL come on stream.