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April 3, 2005 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends

Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations that you might have missed. This month we feature two studies on advanced services.

Arbitron and Edison Media Research have released a new study focusing on consumers, their new devices and services and their impact on the consumption of on-demand digital media. The study, conducted in January, 2005, is titled "Internet and Multimedia 2005: The On-Demand Media Consumer". It showed that 27 million U.S. consumers own at least one on-demand digital media device and that demand for Internet-based on-demand services is increasing. A free copy of the report is available for download. ( ) ( )

CED Broadband Direct recently reported on a new study from Horowitz Associates titled "State of Cable & Broadband". Results of 400 consumers interviewed at the end of 2004 showed that 21 percent say they take HDTV, DVR or VOD services from their cable provider; 8 percent use a DVR; and 6 percent take HDTV services. ( ) ( )

The DSL Forum issued a press release ( ) with the latest counts of DSL subscribers around the world and by country. In February, 2005 the worldwide count passed 100 million, with 35.5 Million new DSL subscribers in 2004. China saw an increase of more than 8.5 million DSL subscribers. Tim Johnson of Point Topic, upon whose research the numbers are based, noted that higher speed DSL options are taking off. "While ADSL continues to dominate current DSL connectivity, deployment increasingly includes newer DSL options. ADSL2plus is rapidly growing in Sweden, Norway and France, with trials beginning in the USA and services coming on-stream in the Netherlands in 2005. ... VDSL had at least 5 million connections by the end of 2004 - mostly in South Korea, Japan and China. VDSL2, delivering 100 Mbps over a single phone line, may provide new impetus when that is standardized in May 2005." ( ) ( )