World wide coverage of DSL services
The recent OECD report on broadband access in rural areas, makes for interesting reading. Each countries section, covers how both the backbone and local access networks have emerged, and the resulting coverage of broadband services. To give a quick idea of where the UK stands with regards to DSL coverage we have re-published extracts from a couple of tables.
Availability of DSL in the OECD area
|Norway||Dec 2000||50||65||80 (2005)||Lines|
|Portugal||Dec 2000||50||60.7 (2002)||-||Population|
Households passed by cable network upgraded for cable modem access
|OECD Weighted Average||42|
Of course raw numbers mean nothing to those who are out of reach of an affordable broadband service in any of the above countries. The tables do show the progress the United Kingdom has made with regards to DSL coverage though. Another factor hidden by these tables is that Korea who we are close to catching up coverage wise, as of 2002 launched VDSL services of 13Mbps. Though the range of VDSL is only 0.3 to 1.5 kilometres. The basic DSL coverage figures for Korea are helped because 98% of the population live within a 4km radius of existing telephone offices (exchanges), which suggests that coverage of VDSL is going to be much less than the standard ADSL services.