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Broadband take-up in Europe continues to rise

But South Korea still ahead, according to OECD report

Take-up of broadband services in Europe continues to grow steadily, but we have yet to catch up with South Korea, according to a study published on Thursday.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that South Korea has maintained its lead in broadband penetration with 25.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants – a total of 12.3 million subscribers at the end of June.

The OECD study focuses on broadband penetration rates in its 30 member countries, including South Korea. It excludes, for instance, Singapore, which is not a member but has a very high broadband penetration level.

The Netherlands came in second at 22.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, a total of 3.6 million subscribers, followed by Iceland, Denmark and Switzerland.

The US ranked 12th, with a penetration rate of 14.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants (a total of 42.7 million users), followed by the UK at 13.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants and a total 8.1 million users.

The strongest per-capita growth over the past 12 months has been in Finland, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway and the UK, according to the OECD.

Overall, broadband penetration in the OECD grew by 15 percent in the first half-year to 11.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, a total of 138 million users.

As for broadband access technologies, DSL (digital subscriber line) is now the leading broadband platform in 28 of the OECD member countries. Canada and the US are the only two countries with more cable modem subscribers than DSL.

At the end of June, DSL accounted for 61 percent of broadband connections, followed by cable modem at 32 percent and other technologies, including wireless LAN and satellite, at 6.8 percent.

The study is available here.


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