OECD Broadband Update Released

The OECD released a background report with updated international data on broadband usage. The number of broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 235 million by December 2007, an increase of 18 per cent from 200 million subscribers in December 2006. This growth increased broadband penetration rates to 20.0 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants up from 16.9 in December 2006.

Denmark, The Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Korea and Sweden lead the OECD with broadband penetration well above the OECD average, each surpassing the 30 subscribers per 100 inhabitants threshold.

The strongest per-capita subscriber growth over the year was in Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland. Each country added more than 5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants during the past year. On average, the OECD area increased 3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants over the year.

The upgrade to fiber-based connections continues. Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and Fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) subscriptions comprise 8 per cent of all broadband connections in the OECD. Fiber connections account for 40 per cent of all Japanese broadband subscriptions and 34 per cent in Korea.

The United States is the largest broadband market in the OECD with 69.9 million subscribers. US broadband subscribers represent 30 per cent of all broadband connections in the OECD.

You can quickly read the main findings here.

Data and charts are available at the OECD Broadband Portal.

Source: OECD

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