Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD Broadband Statistics to June 2006
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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. 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. The main highlights for
the first half of 2006 are:
Northern European countries have continued their
advance with high broadband penetration rates. In 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
* The strongest per-capita subscriber growth comes
from Denmark, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands,
Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Each country added more than 6 subscribers per 100
inhabitants during the past year.
* Fibre to the home is becoming increasingly
important for broadband access, particularly in
countries with high broadband penetration. In Denmark,
Danish power companies are rolling out fibre to
consumers as they work to bury overhead power lines.
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
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 total number of ADSL subscriptions in Korea
and Japan have continued to decline as more users
upgrade to fibre-based connections.
DSL continues to be the leading platform in 28
OECD countries. Cable modem subscribers outnumber DSL
in Canada and the United States.
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
Canada continues to lead the G7 group of
industrialized countries in broadband penetration.
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%
Released: 13 October 2006
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