Broadband and telecom

OECD broadband statistics update


Paris, 22 July 2020 

Data usage increases more than 25% in the majority of OECD countries in 2019
Mobile data usage is growing rapidly in the OECD area. From January to December 2019, it increased by more than 25% in 24 of the 35 OECD countries for which data were available, according to an update of the OECD broadband portal
Finland was the OECD leader with 23.5 GB of monthly mobile data use per subscription, followed by Austria (19.1 GB), Latvia (16.9 GB), Lithuania (13.6 GB), Estonia (12.3 GB), Iceland (11.3 GB), Chile (9.9 GB) and Denmark (9.6GB). Other countries had significant growth of 45% and above in data usage between 2018-19 (e.g. Australia, Belgium, Mexico, Iceland, Italy and Slovak Republic). On average, users downloaded each month 5.8 GB per subscription in 2019 compared to4.7 GB in 2018.  
Top eight countries in mobile data usage per mobile broadband subscription
Although mobile broadband penetration is very high with 21 out of 37 countries having over 100 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, mobile broadband subscriptions maintained growth of almost 5% in 2019. Mobile broadband penetration is highest in Japan, Estonia and Finland, with subscriptions per 100 inhabitants at 179%, 158% and 155%, respectively.
Fibre is the fastest growing fixed broadband technology with a growth rate of 13% between 2019 and 2018 and has now reached 28% of all fixed broadband subscriptions. In the last two years, Ireland tripled its share of fibre in total fixed broadband while Belgium, the United Kingdom, Poland, Chile and Italy doubled that share. DSL continues to decline being gradually replaced by fibre, with a decrease of 6% from 2018-19, and now composes 33.5% of total fixed broadband subscriptions. As of December 2019, cable became the prevalent fixed broadband technology slightly surpassing DSL, making up 33.7% of subscriptions, thanks to a constant growth of more than 4% in the last three years. 
Data on machine-to-machine (M2M) communications shows that Sweden, Austria, the United States and the Netherlands remain the leaders in the number of M2M SIM cards per 100 inhabitants. Sweden counts 146 M2M SIM cards per 100 inhabitants – a much higher level than most OECD countries that provided data – due in part to use of these SIM cards in other countries by a Swedish operator. Overall, M2M/embedded mobile cellular subscriptions grew by over 21% (56 million new subscriptions) in the last year in countries were data was available.
The OECD’s broadband statistics cover 37 countries. You can download the underlying data, charts and broadband penetration maps for different countries at  
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