OECD Broadband penetration jumps to 15.5 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants

Over the past year, the number of broadband subscribers in the OECD increased 33% from 136 million in June 2005 to 181 million in June 2006, according to "OECD Broadband Statistics to June 2006" report. This growth increased broadband penetration rates in the OECD from 11.7 in June 2005 to 15.5 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants one year later. 

DSL continues to be the leading platform in 28 OECD countries. Cable modem subscribers outnumber DSL in Canada and the United States. 

The report highlights:  

  • As of June 2006, six countries (Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Korea, Switzerland and Finland) led the OECD in broadband penetration, each with at least 25 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Denmark now leads the OECD with a broadband penetration rate of 29.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Fibre to the home (FTTH) is becoming  increasingly important for broadband access. Municipal broadband projects are also expanding in many northern European countries and throughout the OECD. Telecommunciation operators in several OECD countries have also begun or announced large fibre-to-the-premises rollouts.
  • Japan leads the OECD in fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) with 6.3 million fibre subscribers in June 2006. Fibre subscribers alone in Japan outnumber total broadband subscribers in 22 of the 30 OECD countries.
  • The United States has the largest total number of broadband subscribers in the OECD at 57 million. US broadband subscribers now represent 36% of all broadband connections in the OECD, up from 31% in December 2005.
  • The breakdown of broadband technologies in June 2006 is as follows:
         o DSL: 63%
         o Cable modem: 29%
         o Other technologies (e.g. satellite, fibre and fixed wireless) : 8%
Broadband Subscribers per 100 Inhabitants
By Technology, June 2006
 

 DSL

Cable

Other

Total 

Rank 

Total Subscribers 

Denmark

17.4

9.0

2.8

29.3

1

1 590 539

Netherlands

17.2

11.1

0.5

28.8

2

4 705 829

Iceland

 26.5

0.0

0.7

27.3

 3

 80 672

Korea

 13.2

8.8

4.5

26.4

 4

12 770 911

Switzerland

 16.9

9.0

0.4

26.2

 5

1 945 358

Finland

 21.7

3.1

0.2

25.0

 6

 1 309 800

Norway

20.4

3.8

0.4

24.6

7

1 137 697

Sweden*

14.4

4.3

4.0

22.7

8

2 046 222

Canada

 10.8

11.5

0.1

22.4

9

 7 161 872

United Kingdom

 14.6

4.9

0.0

19.4

10

 11 622 929

Belgium

 11.9

7.4

0.0

19.3

 11

 2 025 112

United States

 8.0

9.8

1.4

19.2

 12

56 502 351

Japan

 11.3

2.7

4.9

19.0

13

24 217 012

Luxembourg

 16.0

1.9

0.0

17.9

14

 81 303

Austria

 11.2

6.3

0.2

17.7

15

 1 460 000

France

 16.7

1.0

0.0

17.7

16

11 105  000

Australia

 13.9

2.9

0.6

17.4

17

 3 518 100

Germany

 14.7

0.3

0.1

15.1

18

12 444 600

Spain

 10.5

3.1

0.1

13.6

19

 5 917 082

Italy

 12.6

0.0

0.6

13.2

20

 7 697 249

Portugal

 7.9

5.0

0.0

12.9

21

 1 355 602

New Zealand

 10.7

0.5

0.6

11.7

 22

 479 000

Czech Republic**

 3.9

2.0

3.5

9.4

 23

 962 000

Ireland

 6.8

1.0

1.4

9.2

 24

 372 300

Hungary

 4.8

2.9

0.1

7.8

 25

 791 555

Poland

 3.9

1.3

0.1

5.3

 26

2 032 700

Turkey 

 2.9

0.0

0.0

3.0

 27

2 128 600

Slovak Republic 

 2.2

0.5

0.2

2.9

 28

155 659

Mexico*

 2.1

0.7

0.0

2.8

 29

2 950 988

Greece 

 2.7

0.0

 0.0

2.7 

 30

298 222

OECD 

 9.7

4.6

1.2

15.5

 

 180 866 265

Source: OECD
Notes:
* Data for Mexico and Sweden are preliminary estimates.
** The OECD statistics for the "Other Broadband" category of the Czech Republic include a large number of fixed wireless broadband connections provided over mobile networks. 

 

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