Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessWorldwide spending on Internet access, both broadband and dial-up, hit $113.3 billion in 2005 and is projected to top more than $200 billion by 2009, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) latest forecast.
According to the TIA, broadband access will drive equipment revenue in the next four years as countries move to more actively support high-speed access. Overall, TIA predicts a compound annual growth rate of 18.3 percent.
In its annual Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast, TIA ranked South Korea as the most advanced broadband market in the world in 2005 with a 70 percent household penetration.
The Netherlands came in second at 60 percent, with Canada (52 percent), Denmark (45 percent) and Japan (42 percent) rounding out the top five countries in consumer broadband penetration.
The TIA notes that while the Asia/Pacific region has two of the top five countries in broadband penetration, it only ranks fourth as a region (11.5 percent) behind Canada, the United States and Europe (17.8).
The report predicts Europe as a region will more than double its consumer broadband penetration rate to 28.5 percent by 2009. Canada is expected to retain its regional leadership with as many as three quarters of all households using broadband over the next three years.