Bruce P. Mehlman
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The United States spends about 2 percent of GDP per year on infrastructure investment
(this includes federal, state and local, and private sector spending) compared to about 5 percent in Europe and 9 percent in China.
The difference between the subscriber bases in China and the USA was 4.29 million in Q4 2008 compared with 3.95 million in Q3 2008, showing that the subscriber base in China is growing faster than in the US.
The USA has 32.2 million DSL subscribers, which represents 12 per cent of the global total and is the second largest DSL market after China. Total North American DSL subscribers were 36.5 million, or 13.7% of the global total.
In terms of net additions, China was number one, with 2.43 million new subscribers, closely followed by the USA with 2.1 million new subscribers.
In absolute numbers, the U.S. does well, with 79.07 million [broadband] subscribers, making it second only to China’s 83.37 million, but China’s subscriber base is growing faster.
IT security firm Sophos published its Security Threat Report 2009, which noted that the top 5 malware-hosting countries in 2008 consisted of the United States, China (including Hong Kong), Russia, Germany, and South Korea.
Throughout 2008, the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan were consistently among the top 10 countries that generated the highest percentages of attack traffic.
The United States and China were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for over 42% of observed traffic in total.
China has overtaken the U.S. in broadband.
Both the USA and China had about 78 mln broadband lines at the end of August, but China grew twice as fast. In the USA, new broadband lines added fell from 3.4 mln in the last quarter of 2007 to barely 1.1 mln in Q2 2008. In China they rose from 3.5 mln to 5.0 mln in the same period. By the end of June 2008 Point Topic’s data shows the USA had nearly 76.9 mln broadband lines but China was less than 900,000 behind on 76.0 mln. The gap was less than the number China added in July alone, 1.14 mln according to Chinese official figures.