Mobile Data Rates Lowest in Japan, Highest in US

U.S. mobile users pay more than USD40 a month for 2GB of data while Japanese mobile users pay just over USD10 for the same plan (4G LTE speeds – Verizon for the U.S.), according to an infographic by the blog Android Tablet Fanatic.

Europe’s Digital Economy Strengthening, Says Report

Europe’s digital economy is growing in strength, spreading throughout all sectors of the economy and reaching into all areas of the lives of its citizens, according to a report published by the European Commission.

Significant FttH Market Penetration in 20 Countries, Strong Growth in US

The number of economies where fiber to the home has established a significant and growing market presence has nearly doubled over the past 18 months, according to an updated global ranking issued yesterday by the FTTH Councils of Asia‐Pacific, Europe and North America.

FttH and FttB to Overtake DSL/Cable in Japan and Korea, OECD

The OECD recently published new data on broadband in its member countries. Fiber-to-the-Home (FttH) and Fiber-to-the-Building (FttB) subscriptions now comprise 9 per cent of all broadband connections in the OECD (up from 8 per cent in December 2007).

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 […]

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 […]

US Should Provide Incentives to Boost Broadband Access

The U.S. government should create a national broadband strategy, create incentives and support efforts to boost broadband demand in order to increase broadband access, according to a new report, Explaining International Broadband Leadership released on 1 May.

Japan: More Fiber Broadband Users than ADSL Subscribers

The percentage of fiber-optic service subscribers in Japan’s broadband population surpassed that of ADSL users for the first time last year, the government said Friday. Fiber-optic service users accounted for 31.3 per cent of broadband subscribers at the end of last year, up 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier, while the proportion of ADSL […]

Eight EU Members Ahead of U.S. in Broadband, Commission Says

Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden are world leaders in broadband deployment with penetration rates over 30 per cent by the end of 2007, according to the European Commission’s 13th Progress Report on the Single Telecoms Market, issued today.