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OECD statistics for 2005 published
Thursday 13 April 2006 10:03:00 by Andrew Ferguson

OECD.Org has released its latest round of statistics that summarise the popularity of broadband around the globe. The last set of data was issued in October 2005.

Those bits that stand out are that, there are 158 million broadband subscriptions by December 2005, and the three of the four countries with the highest penetration rates are in Europe, Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands and Denmark. Each of these has more than 25 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Iceland leads the pack at 26.7%. The United States is the country with most subscribers at 49 million, which accounts for 31% of the broadband population worldwide, and along with Canada cable subscribers outnumber DSL subscribers.

For those keen to leave the copper local loop behind, it looks like a move to Japan is needed, the country has around 4.6 million fibre subscribers. In Korea fibre based broadband is growing rapidly, resulting in a fall in the number of DSL and cable connections of 3.3% and 1.7% respectively.

Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2005

 

 DSL

Cable

Other

Total 

Rank 

Total Subscribers 

Iceland

25.9

0.1

0.6

26.7

1

78 017

Korea 

13.6

8.3

3.4

25.4

2

12 190 711

Netherlands

 15.7

9.6

0.0

25.3

 3

 4 113 573

Denmark

 15.3

7.2

2.5

25.0

 4

1 350 415

Switzerland

 14.7

8.0

0.4

23.1

 5

1 725 446

Finland

 19.5

2.8

0.1

22.5

 6

 1 174 200

Norway

17.8

2.9

1.2

21.9

7

1 006 766

Canada

 10.1

10.8

0.1

21.9

 8

 6 706 699

Sweden

 13.3

3.4

3.6

20.3

 9

 1 830 000

Belgium

 11.3

7.0

0.0

18.3

 10

 1 902 739

Japan

 11.3

2.5

3.8

17.6

 11

22 515 091

United States

 6.5

9.0

1.3

16.8

 12

49 391 060

United Kingdom

 11.5

4.4

0.0

15.9

 13

 9 539 900

France

 14.3

0.9

0.0

15.2

 14

 9 465 600

Luxembourg

 13.3

1.6

0.0

14.9

 15

 67 357

Austria

 8.1

5.8

0.2

14.1

 16

 1 155 000

Australia

 10.8

2.6

0.4

13.8

 17

2 785 000

Germany

 12.6

0.3

0.1

13.0

 18

 10 706 600

Italy

 11.3

0.0

0.6

11.9

 19

 6 896 696

Spain

 9.2

2.5

0.1

11.7

 20

 4 994 274

Portugal 

 6.6

4.9

0.0

11.5

 21

1 212 034

New Zealand

 7.3

0.4

0.4

8.1

 22

 331 000

Ireland

 5.0

0.6

1.1

6.7

 23

 270 700

Czech Republic

 3.0

1.4

2.0

6.4

 24

 650 000

Hungary

 4.1

2.1

0.1

6.3

 25

 639 505

Slovak Republic

 2.0

0.4

0.2

2.5

 26

 133 900

Poland 

 1.6

0.7

0.1

2.4

 27

 897 659

Mexico 

 1.5

0.6

0.0

2.2

 28

2 304 520

Turkey 

 2.1

0.0

0.0

2.1

 29

1 530 000

Greece 

 1.4

0.0

 0.0

1.4 

 30

 155 418

OECD 

 8.4

4.2

1.0

13.6

 

 157 719 880

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