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Seventy per cent of US households to have broadband by 2012

Seventy per cent of US households to have broadband by 2012

Approximately 70 percent of US homes - some 86 million households - will have broadband Internet access by 2012.

Outlined in the recently-released report, "US Broadband Forecast, 2007 to 2012: LECs Maintain Advantage over Cable Operators in Quest for New Subscribers", JupiterResearch finds that wider availability of high-speed service will prompt nearly 36 million new broadband subscribers over the next five years.

Analyst at JupiterResearch, Doug Williams, said, "Price reductions are responsible for driving take-rates for DSL services offered by the incumbent local exchange carriers, while higher broadband transmission rates and attractive bundles are driving consumer adoption of cable modem service.

"As broadband becomes more attractive to consumers from an economic perspective, current dial-up users will be more likely to migrate to broadband service, and consumers who are new to the online population will never take dial-up service in the first place."

JupiterResearch forecasts the number of dial-up Internet households - currently about 33 million - will drop by over two-thirds by 2012, but that the market for dial-up service will not disappear completely.

However, as Web content increasingly incorporates high-bandwidth applications such as video, the value of dial-up access will become increasingly marginalised.

President of JupiterResearch, David Schatsky, said, "Despite moderating growth for broadband services, significant market opportunities for broadband service providers still exist.

"Cable operators and local exchange carriers will remain the key market participants, while alternative broadband service providers will continue to struggle to integrate into the mass market." 
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