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Consumer Broadband Revenues Seen Doubling In One Year

LONDON — Consumer broadband service providers more than doubled their revenues during last year, from an annual rate of about $3.3 billion worldwide in early 2004 to be worth $6.9 billion by the end of December 2004.

The figures were revealed in a just released report from Point Topic, the London based market research group that tracks the broadband business worldwide.

"Most value-added services delivered over broadband increased in both users and total revenues. Services such as video over broadband, music and voice over IP (VoIP) all grew strongly" said John Bosnell, senior analyst at Point Topic and lead author of the report on the Consumer BVAS market.

According to the report the number of consumer broadband lines grew about 45 percent to 131 million, while consumer broadband access revenues increased by about 22 percent to $39 billion.

Price cuts by both DSL and cable operators were partly to blame for revenues growing slower than the number of lines.

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