19 Feb 2015
Mobile broadband penetration has risen to 78.2% in the OECD area, making more than three wireless subscriptions for every four inhabitants, according to data for June 2014 released by the OECD today.
Mobile broadband subscriptions in the 34-country area were up 11.9% from a year earlier to a total of 983 million, driven by growing use of smartphones and tablets.
Seven countries (Finland, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Korea and the United States as ranked in descending order of mobile broadband subscriptions) lie above the 100% penetration threshold.
Fixed broadband subscriptions in the OECD area reached 344.6 million as of June 2014, up from 332 million in June 2013 and making an average penetration of 27.4%. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark remained at the top of the table with 47.3%, 40.8% and 40.6% respectively.
DSL remains the prevalent technology, making up 51.5% of fixed broadband subscriptions, but it continues to be gradually replaced by fibre, now at 17% of subscriptions. Cable (31.4%) accounted for most of the remaining subscriptions.
Annual growth of above 100% in fibre take-up was achieved in OECD economies with low to average ratio of fibre to total fixed broadband levels such as New Zealand, Luxembourg, Chile and Spain. Japan and Korea remain the OECD leaders, with fibre making up 71.5% and 66.3% of fixed broadband connections.
Mobile broadband data for Mexico has been revised up for 2014 and earlier years to include pre-paid mobile broadband subscriptions following a re-categorization by the Mexican authorities which brings the data in line with OECD methodology.
Complete data, charts and broadband penetration maps for different countries are available at: www.oecd.org/internet/oecdbroadbandportal.htm