18 July 2013
New OECD data on broadband subscriptions, up to December 2012, show a steady trend increase in fibre adoption, with the share of fibre subscriptions in fixed broadband increasing to 14.9% (up to 48.7 million fibre broadband lines). Fibre grew by 12.7% in 2012, four times as much as fixed broadband at 3.27%.
Luxembourg (324%), Austria (193.9%), United Kingdom (169.9%) and Switzerland (149.6%) had the strongest annual growth in fibre, while seven countries had growth rates above 100% year-on-year and 11 countries over 50%. Broadband providers are investing in fibre networks as a means to differentiate themselves against their competitors. Consumers and businesses in turn benefit from faster and more reliable networks for advanced applications, such as video on demand (VoD).
Japan and Korea still maintain a strong OECD leadership in fibre broadband penetration, with over 60% of fixed broadband lines based on fibre technology. The fibre shares in Estonia, Sweden and the Slovak Republic are over 30%.
Switzerland (43.4), Netherlands (39.7) and Denmark (38.8) top the OECD’s fixed broadband penetration ranking. The OECD’s average fixed broadband penetration is 26.3 lines per 100 inhabitants (327.2 million subscriptions).
Wireless broadband increased by 13.8% year-on-year and reached a penetration of 62.75 lines per 100 inhabitants, up from 58.6 in June 2012. The total number of wireless broadband subscriptions in the OECD area is just above 780 million. Finland (106.5), Sweden (104.8), Australia (103.4) and Korea (103.0) have over one subscriber per capita.
Data and charts for the December 2012 broadband statistics are available at:
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