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Broadband Maps - Introduction
Why list Broadband Maps?
Collecting broadband coverage data and visualizing it on maps is an instrument that policy makers can employ to monitor progress to meet their goals in a transparent manner. All stakeholders, including the private sector and consumers can use such maps to inform decisions ranging from where they locate their business to where they reside, as well as the choices available to them in respect to broadband connectivity. Maps also provide a powerful tool for understanding and analysing the international broadband availability landscape, and data on the geographical availability of broadband services is essential for policy making and valuable for various commercial applications. This site provides links to national broadband maps to assist in making these maps available for convenient international reference.
What kind of maps can be found in this site?
The scope of broadband maps linked to from this site is:
- Availability of maps: This site aims to cover maps that can show the availability of broadband service(s). Some maps indicating actual speeds measured through Internet use may be in the scope as well, because actual speeds can provide indicators on availability to some extent, particularly for DSL and wireless broadband services that are affected by geographical conditions.
- Official national maps: Unless included as part of a national map, those that are regional are not in the scope at this stage. Currently the official maps confirmed by OECD countries are included.
- Multiple provider coverage: Maps referred to in this site cover multiple broadband service providers, unless it is for a specific national government broadband programme or there is only a single provider in that country.
- Additional static maps: This site is not restricted to interactive maps although the main focus here is on interactive maps publicly available on the Internet. Static maps, such as image maps in a PDF report, are listed for reference in the absence of detailed interactive online maps in a country.
Fixed broadband and wireless broadband are both included.
What is the difference between an “Interactive” map and a “Static” map?
An interactive map usually enables “zooming in” to very detailed geographical levels, such as a square of 250 metres wide, while larger units of states or regions are adopted for the other maps covered here. Static maps, such as image maps in a PDF report, are provided in some countries where detailed interactive maps are absent, sometimes with very detailed geographical units but without provider information on the map in general. Considering the advantages of online interactive maps, such as the capability of providing rich information without complexity, stakeholders are encouraged to develop interactive broadband maps for policy users, relevant businesses and consumers to enable informed decisions. Such an interactive map can be a very practical information source for users, if it contains detailed geographical units.
What information can I find on a broadband map?
In general, the coverage of broadband service(s) is mapped by access technologies such as DSL, fibre, cable, and wireless in addition to by speed tiers (e.g. 1 Mbit/s to 1.5 Mbit/s, second lowest speed tier of less than 10-20 Mbit/s, mid speed tier of less than 50 Mbit/s, etc.). Information on service providers, such as names or links to them for each of the smallest geographical unit, is also provided by most of interactive maps. Therefore, a user can consult which technologies are used for broadband access and how much speed is provided for their location with names of service providers, if a detailed interactive map has been established in their country.
Is there further information on broadband metrics work at the OECD?
Information regarding two OECD workshops on broadband metrics, where broadband maps were also discussed, can be found at the following webpages: