U.S. broadband speeds rise 28 percent in 2009; cable modem speed increases outpace FTTH

Feb. 9, 2010

FEBRUARY 9, 2010 -- U.S. downstream residential broadband speeds increased by 28 percent from 2008 to 2009 -- a year when broadband speed increases among cable modem subscribers was about double that of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers, say analysts at market researcher In-Stat in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The average downstream speed of a U.S. broadband connection is 7.12 megabits per second, In-Stat says in a report entitled "U.S. Residential Broadband Speeds Accelerate."

In-Stat analysts also report that broadband speed increases were most dramatic among cable modem and fixed wireless subscribers. The broadband speed increase among cable modem subscribers was about double that of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers.

More than one quarter of survey respondents also have a mobile wireless broadband connection in addition to their wired broadband connection, analysts say.

The In-Stat report contains an analysis of an In-Stat U.S. consumer survey on broadband service; details on the type of broadband access technology (i.e., cable modem, DSL, FTTH, etc.) being used; service providers used by respondents; the download and upload speeds of subscribers’ broadband connections; and how much they are paying for broadband service.

For more information contact In-Stat online at www.instat.com.

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