OECD broadband statistics show 10% increase in subscribers
The OECD have released broadband statistics for up to June 2009 which shows that member countries have increase broadband subscribers to 271 million, an increase of 10% from June 2008, with half of OECD countries having reached penetration of a quarter of inhabitants.
The 30 OECD countries are made up of what are known as high-income economies with a couple of upper-middle income, mainly Europe with North America, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Probably the most obvious statistic is total broadband subscribers with the United States coming top, far above other OECD countries with 81.2 million subscribers. The UK ranks 5th in this (17.7 million) behind Japan, Germany and France. A more useful statistic is the broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants which shows the percentage of take up in countries. The US fares less well in this, coming 15th with 26.7%, the UK 13th with 28.9%. The top 3 Netherlands, Denmark and Norway grab 38.1%, 37.0% and 34.5% respectively.
Some of the statistics aren't completely up to date, but some interesting comparisons can still be made. September 2008 average advertised download speeds show the UK 15th with 10.6Mbps, far behind the fastest of Japan at 92.8Mbps. Of course the advertised speed does not mean users actually sustain that speed, but it's still an indication of the type of services available.