ITU Releases Global ICT Pricing and Penetration Data

ITU’s latest report Measuring the Information Society 2011 (PDF) ranks the Republic of Korea as the world’s most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland. Broadband rates on average dropped 50 per cent between 2008 and 2010, while huge differences in speeds and quality remain between countries.

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.

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 […]

Business Case for FttH Favors Former Incumbents, Study

Research released last week is the first to analyze the business case of rolling out next generation fiber networks across Europe. The study shows that only incumbent operators, with their extensive infrastructure and customer bases, can profitably roll out high speed fiber to the home (FttH) lines to large parts of Europe.

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.

More than Half of Europeans Use Internet Regularly, ICT Progress Report

Over 250 million Europeans are now regular Internet users, 80 per cent of them have broadband connections and 60 per cent of public services in the EU are fully available online. Two thirds of schools and half of doctors make use of fast Internet connections, thanks to strong broadband growth in Europe.

Study Gives High Marks to US Internet

Contradicting earlier studies, conventional wisdom and politicians’ rhetoric, researchers from the French business school INSEAD say that the Internet infrastructure of the United States is one of the world’s best and getting better: the country ranked fourth in the world behind just three European nations: Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Some Internet industry veterans are skeptical.Read […]