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OECD Broadband Statistics to June 2006

 

 [Data June 2006] [Time series] [Graphs]  


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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 inhabitants.
  • 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 fibre-to-the-premises rollouts.
  • 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 representing 31% of all broadband connections in the OECD.
  • 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

Data June 2006

Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, by technology, June 2006

 

 DSL

Cable

Other

Total 

Rank 

Total Subscribers 

Denmark

17.4

9.0

2.8

29.3

1

1 590 539

Netherlands

17.2

11.1

0.5

28.8

2

4 705 829

Iceland

 26.5

0.0

0.7

27.3

 3

 80 672

Korea

 13.2

8.8

4.5

26.4

 4

12 770 911

Switzerland

 16.9

9.0

0.4

26.2

 5

1 945 358

Finland

 21.7

3.1

0.2

25.0

 6

 1 309 800

Norway

20.4

3.8

0.4

24.6

7

1 137 697

Sweden*

14.4

4.3

4.0

22.7

8

2 046 222

Canada

 10.8

11.5

0.1

22.4

9

 7 161 872

United Kingdom

 14.6

4.9

0.0

19.4

10

 11 622 929

Belgium

 11.9

7.4

0.0

19.3

 11

 2 025 112

United States

 8.0

9.8

1.4

19.2

 12

56 502 351

Japan

 11.3

2.7

4.9

19.0

13

24 217 012

Luxembourg

 16.0

1.9

0.0

17.9

14

 81 303

Austria

 11.2

6.3

0.2

17.7

15

 1 460 000

France

 16.7

1.0

0.0

17.7

16

11 105  000

Australia

 13.9

2.9

0.6

17.4

17

 3 518 100

Germany

 14.7

0.3

0.1

15.1

18

12 444 600

Spain

 10.5

3.1

0.1

13.6

19

 5 917 082

Italy

 12.6

0.0

0.6

13.2

20

 7 697 249

Portugal

 7.9

5.0

0.0

12.9

21

 1 355 602

New Zealand

 10.7

0.5

0.6

11.7

 22

 479 000

Czech Republic**

 3.9

2.0

3.5

9.4

 23

 962 000

Ireland

 6.8

1.0

1.4

9.2

 24

 372 300

Hungary

 4.8

2.9

0.1

7.8

 25

 791 555

Poland

 3.9

1.3

0.1

5.3

 26

2 032 700

Turkey 

 2.9

0.0

0.0

3.0

 27

2 128 600

Slovak Republic 

 2.2

0.5

0.2

2.9

 28

155 659

Mexico*

 2.1

0.7

0.0

2.8

 29

2 950 988

Greece 

 2.7

0.0

 0.0

2.7 

 30

298 222

OECD 

 9.7

4.6

1.2

15.5

 

 180 866 265

Notes:
* Data for Mexico and Sweden are preliminary estimates.
** The OECD statistics for the "Other Broadband" category of the Czech Republic include a large number of fixed wireless broadband connections provided over mobile networks. Broadband subscriptions over 3G networks are not included for other countries but an exception was made for the Czech Republic because the connections make use of "fixed" equipment in a home and offer speeds greater than 256 kbit/s to individual users. The Czech market is particular due to the high number of these wireless broadband connections as a percentage of total connectivity. It is important to note that there is continuing debate in international circles as to whether this type of wireless connection (numbering 188 000 in CZ) should be included in international broadband comparisons.  

Time Series

Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, 2001-2005

 

2001 

 2002

 2003

2004

2005

 Australia

 0.9

1.8

3.5

7.7

13.8

 Austria

 3.6

5.6

7.6

10.1

14.1

 Belgium

 4.4

8.7

11.7

15.5

18.3

 Canada

 8.9

12.1

15.1

17.6

21.0

 Czech Republic

 0.1

0.2

0.5

2.5

6.4

 Denmark

 4.4

8.2

13.0

19.0

25.0

 Finland

 1.3

5.5

9.5

14.9

22.5

 France

 1.0

2.8

5.9

10.5

15.2

 Germany

 2.3

4.1

5.6

8.4

13.0

 Greece 

 0

0

0.1

0.4

1.4

 Hungary

 0.3

0.6

2.0

3.6

6.3

 Iceland

 3.7

 8.4

14.3

18.2

26.7

 Ireland

 0

0.3

0.8

3.3

6.7

 Italy

 0.7

1.7

4.1

8.1

11.9

 Japan

 2.2

6.1

10.7

15.0

17.6

 Korea

 17.2

21.8

24.2

24.8

25.4

 Luxembourg

 0.3

1.5

3.5

9.8

14.9

 Mexico

 0.1

0.3

0.4

0.9

2.2

 Netherlands

 3.8

7.0

11.8

19.0

25.3

 New Zealand

 0.7

1.6

2.6

4.7

8.1

 Norway

 1.9

 4.2

8.0

14.8

21.9

 Poland

 0.1

0.3

0.8

2.1

2.4

 Portugal

 1.0

2.5

4.8

8.2

11.5

 Slovak Republic

 0

0

0.3

1.0

2.5

 Spain

 1.2

3.0

5.4

8.1

11.7

 Sweden

 5.4

8.1

10.7

14.5

20.3

 Switzerland

 2.0

5.6

10.1

17.5

23.1

 Turkey

 0

0

0.3

0.7

2.1

 United Kingdom

 0.6

2.3

5.4

10.5

15.9

 United States

 4.5

 6.9

 9.7

12.9

16.8

OECD

2.9

4.9

7.3

10.2

13.6

EU15

1.6

3.4

5.9

9.7

14.2


Graphs

 Migration Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, by technology, June 2006 
 Migration OECD broadband subscriptions, by technology, June 2006
 Migration Broadband subscriber net additions per quarter, millions, OECD
  OECD Broadband penetration (per 100 inhabitants) net increase Q2 2005-Q2 2006, by country
  Broadband penetration, historic, top five OECD countries, June 2006
  Broadband penetration, historic, G7 countries
Total broadband subscriptions, percentage of OECD, top 5 countries, June 2006
OECD broadband penetration and population densities
  OECD broadband penetration and GDP per capita

 

 

 

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