One in five homes worldwide have access to a broadband connection, says the Broadband Forum.
Research conducted in conjunction with Point Topic revealed that by the end of June 2010, there were 498 million broadband lines worldwide, that's 2.63 percent up on last quarter and nearly 12 percent more than June last year.
The UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and other European countries account for 30 percent of all global broadband connections, topped only by Asia, which is responsible for 41 percent of all broadband lines worldwide.
"This is an extremely significant milestone and it reflects the critical importance of broadband in our daily lives, both for business and leisure," said Robin Mersh, CEO, of the Broadband Forum.
"We continue to work towards strategic broadband evolution goals and our work on IPv6 and helping service providers to support its integration is part of our role in anticipating and solving the issues before they arise. This is the one of the key initiatives that is paving the way for the next milestone to be achieved."
The Broadband Forum also said there arte over 38.5 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, with 2.3 million of those added over the last quarter. Nearly half (19 million) of all IPTV subscribers are in Europe, with France being responsible for the majority of them.
"Most IPTV markets have not reached saturation, so there is plenty more room for growth. Although the second quarter of 2010 doesn't quite match the same period last year there is reason for particular optimism in Asia and North America," said Oliver Johnson, CEO, of Point Topic.
"As more and more consumers switch to fibre for their broadband we will see the numbers of IPTV subscribers climbing in those markets where fibre deployment is powering ahead."