Study: Americas Leads World in Broadband Use
North America including the US leads the world in overall Internet usage, according to a recent study by US Telecom. In a letter submitted to the FCC in December, US Telecom calculated the total usage of the average user in developed countries and regions worldwide. They found that North America leads all regions in overall usage with 14.5 gigabytes used per user per month. Second was Western Europe at 13.35 gigabytes per month, followed by all of Europe which used 9.7 gigabytes a month, trailed by Asia at 8.5 gigabytes per month (see Figure 1). On a country by country basis, South Korea led the pack with the average user consuming 24.51 gigabytes a month, followed by France at 14.26 gigabytes a month, and the US at 14.24 gigabytes of bandwidth a month in a virtual tie for second. Germany (12.89 GB), the UK (11.94 GB), Italy (10.85 GB) and Japan (9.9 GBs per user) trailed in bandwidth utilization.
"Nearly 1,400 U.S. broadband providers invest approximately $60 billion annually to upgrade and expand the nation's high-speed Internet infrastructure. The U.S. also is unique in the world for having two robust and competing wired broadband platforms with a national footprint, delivering a choice not only of service providers, but technologies, to more than 4 out of 5 U.S. households - before considering wireless and other emerging options."
Worldwide, the average broadband connection generates 11.4GBs of Internet traffic per month, or 375 megabytes per day, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, upon which the USTelecom study is based. Thus the average broadband user generates traffic about equal to downloading 3,000 text e-mails per day or 100 MP3 music files per day, according to Cisco. Perhaps Verizon and other wireless carriers should rethink their 5 GB allowance.
See December 2009 Broadband Report http://www.websiteoptimization.com/
Home Connectivity in the US
US broadband penetration grew to 94.45% among active Internet users in November 2009. Dial-up users connecting at 56Kbps or less now make up 5.55% of active Internet users (see Figure 2). See December 2009 Broadband Report http://www.websiteoptimization.com/
Broadband Growth Trends in the US
In November 2009, broadband penetration among active Internet users in US homes grew to 94.45%, up 1.18 percentage points fron 93.27% in October (see Figure 3). December 2009 Broadband Report http://www.websiteoptimization.com/
As of November 2009, 98.76% of US workers connected to the Internet with broadband, up 1.27 percentage points from 97.49% in October 2009. Note that November's penetration rate is the highest rate recorded to date. Only 1.24% still connect at 56Kbps or less from work (see Figure 4). See December 2009 Broadband Report http://www.websiteoptimization.com/
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