According to the OECD, broadband penetration is measured by the number of broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

Broadband connections comprise both fixed and wireless services offering connectivity with download speeds greater than 256kbit/seconds. Fixed services include DSL, Cable and Fibre. Wireless connections consist of, among others, Satellite and Mobile and Data subscriptions. They do not extend to WiFi.

Data is from the OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2011.

OECD Fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011

OECD Terrestrial mobile wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011

OECD fixed (wired) broadband penetration (per 100 inhabitants) percentage increase December 2010-December 2011, by country

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development keeps track of broadband penetration statistics and publishes them every six month. In 2011, the methodology changed. Data for fixed and wireless broadband subscriptions are no longer published together but rather are now separate.

According to the OECD, fixed wired broadband subscriptions grew 4,1% in 2011 over 2010 and reached a total of 314 millions people by the end of 2011.

The highest growth was registered in Chile (12.6%,) the lowest in Denmark (0.4%,) who has already reached a higher-than-average penetration rate.

For the first time, Switzerland came first in the fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. The Netherlands followed in second place (39.1) and Denmark was third (37.9). The OECD average was calculated at 25.6.

Like in 2010, Korea topped the ranking for wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants (100.6) and Sweden remained in second place (98.0.)

Overall, wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries totaled 667 million by the end of 2011.

In looking at broadband penetration trends, the OECD points out that statistical country comparisons should be undertaken with caution as there are breadth of market, regulatory and geographic factors which help determine penetration rates, prices, and speeds. According to the OECD Broadband Portal: “Broadband subscription penetration rankings tell nothing of the prices that users pay, the advertised speeds of connections, or whether there are restrictive bit/data caps on those lines. Countries doing well in one measure may be weaker in another.”

 

Data is from the OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2011.

OECD Fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011

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OECD Terrestrial mobile wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011

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OECD fixed (wired) broadband penetration (per 100 inhabitants) percentage increase December 2010-December 2011, by country

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