League tables for broadband
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a new set of statistics that rank various countries against each other in terms of broadband coverage. For all the detail visit here. The OECD website includes a number of graphs showing the data presented in different ways.
The UK gains mention since along with Finland, Netherlands, Norway and Iceland it has shown the strongest growth per-capita in the last 12 months. As of June 2005, the UK manages 13.5 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, 9.7 are connecting via DSL, and 3.8 via cable (ntl/Telewest), other technologies appear to be too small to appear as yet. This is only marginally lower than the United States, but above France. The fact the UK is above France is interesting as people often comment in our forums that the French market seems to have much better deals.
What is surprising is that the OECD data seems to be at odds with what some other sites are saying e.g. intellagencia.com, which headlines with "Nearly three-quarters of Britons now access the internet from home via a broadband connection". Though how this number was arrived at is unclear, and is also at odds with what we mentioned in our news the other day (here).
There is another way to view the UK, e.g. the blog from Peter Cochrane earlier this week, Peter Cochrane's Blog: The UK's a broadband leader. Really? . We think that Peter's views are perhaps clouded by the exposure to data that is perhaps skewed to fit a speakers own needs at the various conferences and functions Peter attends. The UK is far from perfect broadband wise, but compared to five years ago we are almost a model of perfection. There is still plenty to do, and given the commercial drivers in the UK, rather than widespread government funding things are progressing well.
Update 10:30am Point Topic who regularly publish a range of data about broadband across the world, has published a series of maps that can be viewed at www.point-topic.com.