Broadband Quality, Not Penetration, Leads to Different Rankings

Broadband speeds in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain and the U.K. are not up to date when it comes to speedy broadband services available to consumers. These countries are hardly keeping pace with the demands of web based applications and video services, whose bandwidth needs are expected to only rise, according to a new survey.

Japan, Korea, Sweden and The Netherlands, on the other hand, are doing well, as well as the upcoming economies Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Ignoring broadband penetration, the survey, conducted by Oxford University and sponsored by Cisco Systems, focuses on the average broadband speeds as well as network delays and loss of data in 42 countries. The data was collected from in May 2008.

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In the U.S., the national broadband debate seems to have settled between those who believe government should play a core role in improving broadband infrastructure and those who believe it should leave everything to the market. Non-partisan Think Tank ITIF has published a white paper to spur the debate.

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