DSL lines grow by 78% in 2003

3 Mar 2004

According to a survey by analysts Point Topic, DSL operators worldwide added around 28 million lines during 2003, 65% more than the previous year, to reach a total of 63.8 million by 31 December. During 2003 DSL technology transformed from being a special feature in a few countries to being the norm across the developed world. China overtook South Korea, the USA and Japan in terms of DSL lines in service, claiming 10.9 million at the end of 2003, while Portugal was the fastest growing country in the world, doubling its DSL customer base in the second half of the year. Elsewhere, eastern European countries Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia all enjoyed growth of around 60%.