Broadband expansion

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Source: OECD in Figures 2006-2007

Despite the crash of 2001, growth in broadband has been strong. Indeed, the number of broadband Internet connections in OECD countries has risen from an average of 2.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in 2001 to 13.6 per 100 in December 2005.

Total connections rose sharply in 2005, from 136 million in June to 158 million by December. Roughly a third of those subscribers are in the US. However, while broadband penetration there is above average, at 16.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, it is far higher in Iceland, which has 26.7, and Korea, the Netherlands and Denmark, each with just over 25. Korea had by far the highest broadband penetration in 2001 with 17.2 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. That was high even by today’s standards.

The next highest at the time was Canada, with just 8.9 per 100. The US had 4.5 per 100, Japan 2.2 and the EU 15 just 1.9. The strongest subscriber increases in subsequent years were in Iceland, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Australia.

©OECD Observer No 257, October 2006

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