March 2, 2004, 12:00 AM

Broadband web access surges in Western Europe, study says

Broadband web access among households in Western Europe will grow 163% by 2007, to 52.5 million households from 20 million, eMarketer reports.

Broadband web access among households in Western Europe will grow 163% by 2007, to 52.5 million households from 20 million, eMarketer says in a new report Europe Online: Access, Demographics & Usage.

29.2% of online households in Western Europe had broadband web access last year, but 60.1% will have broadband in 2007, eMarketer estimates.

EMarketer also estimates that there were 208.2 million Internet users in all of Europe at the end of last year. It notes that other estimates put the number of Internet users at the end of 2003 in Western Europe at 164.7 million, plus 43.5 million in the rest of Europe.

Another report--this one from researchers Point Topic for the DSL Forum--says 64 million households worldwide access the Internet through high-speed DSL connections, up 78% in one year. The U.S. accounts for 9.1 million DSL households.

The 10 countries with the highest number of DSL users, along with DSL per 100 phone lines are:
1. China, 10,950,000, 5.1
2. Japan, 10,272,052, 14.4
3. USA, 9,119,000, 4.8
4. South Korea, 6,435,955, 27.7
5. Germany, 4,500,000, 8.4
6. France, 3,262,700, 9.6
7. Taiwan, 2,800,000, 21.4
8. Italy, 2,280,000, 8.3
9. Canada, 2,170,243, 10.9
10. UK, 1,820,230 5.2

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