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OECD releases 2005 broadband report
[April 13, 2006]

OECD releases 2005 broadband report

(DMEurope Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)DMEUROPE-13 April 2006-OECD releases 2005 broadband report (C)2006 ( & DME Ltd. All rights reserved.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its broadband penetration statistics for 2005. The OECD report covers broadband statistics for 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

There were 158 million broadband subscribers as of December 2005 across all 30 countries, representing 13.6 per cent of the total population. The last six months of 2005 saw an increase in some 22 million broadband subscribers.

Iceland has the highest broadband penetration of any country in the world, with 26.7 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Korea, the Netherlands and Denmark all had penetration rates of over 25 per cent as well.

The Nordic/Scandinavian region continues to excel in its adoption of technology. The strongest per capita subscriber growth was in Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands.

DSL is still the leading platform in 28 of the 30 countries covered by the report (cable leads in the US and Canada). Sixty-two per cent of broadband users use DSL technology, 31 per cent use cable and 7 per cent use 'other technologies' (e.g. fibre, fixed wireless, satellite, etc.).

The US still has the largest population of broadband users, with nearly 50 million subscribers. It ranks twelfth, though, in terms of penetration, which stands at 16.8 per cent.

In Europe, Germany has the highest number of broadband users, with just over 10 million. The UK and France come close behind.

Eastern Europe remains behind its western counterparts. The Eastern European countries covered by the OECD all had penetration rates less than 10 per cent. Greece came in dead last, with 1.4 per cent broadband penetration.

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