Study: 8.5M More to Jump on Broadband Wagon


A new report from Strategy Analytics Inc. sees the number of homes using high-speed Internet service growing from 25 million currently to 33.5 million by year-end.

The research firm said cable-modem services will tack on 5.2 million new users, while digital-subscriber-line services will add 2.9 million. Alternate broadband-access technologies -- such as fiber, wireless and two-way satellite services -- will add about 400,000 homes.

Strategy Analytics added that the tide is turning in favor of cable.

“Cable's combination of higher access speeds, wider availability and more compelling bundles lets the leading operators target several classes of consumers," James Penhune, director of the research firm’s broadband media and communications practice, said in a prepared statement.

“These include new users, as well as a growing number of consumers seeking advanced video services such as high-definition TV and video-on-demand,” he added. “At the same time, aggressive cable-telephony deployments from leaders like Time Warner [Cable], Comcast [Corp.] and Cox [Communications Inc.] will help these companies to reach customers seeking simplicity and savings from triple-play bundles combining video, data and telephony.”