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US Stays at 15th Place in Broadband Penetration Worldwide - Worldwide Broadband Statistics - June 2010 Bandwidth Report

Summary: The US remained at 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey. Despite leading the world in broadband subscribers, the US is in 11th place in fiber penetration and 22nd place in broadband speed overall.

The US remained at 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey by the OECD. While the US led all countries surveyed in total broadband subscribers, it came in 11th place in high speed fiber penetration.

US in 15th Place in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The US remained in 15th place overall in broadband penetration per 100 inhabitants (see Figure 1). US broadband penetration was 26.4 percent (broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants) as of December 2009, according the a December 2009 survey by the OECD. The Netherlands and Denmark virtually tied for the top spot at 37.1% penetration, while Switzerland jumped ahead of Norway to 35.6% penetration since the last survey in Q2 2009. Korea (33.5%), Iceland (32.8%), Sweden (32.4%), Luxembourg (31.9%), France (30.4%), and Germany (30.3%) rounded out the top 10 countries in broadband penetration rankings worldwide.

Broadband Penetration versus Per Capita GDP, OECD December 2009

Figure 1: Broadband Penetration versus Per Capita GDP, OECD December 2009
Source: OECD

Top Broadband Countries Jostle For the Top

Looking at broadband penetration historically, Denmark rose to tie the Netherlands in the fourth quarter of 2009 (see Figure 2). Switzerland, Korea, and Sweden all surged higher in broadband penetartion while the Netherlands, Norway, and Iceland grew at lower rates.

Broadband Penetration Leading Countries, Historical throguh Dec. 2009

Figure 2: Broadband Penetration Leading Countries, Historical throguh Dec. 2009
Source: OECD

US Leads World in Broadband Subscribers

The US leads the world in total broadband subscribers with over 81 million people subscribed to broadband as of December 2009 (see Figure 3). The US has more than 2.5 times the broadband subscribers as Japan at 32 million subscribers. Germany (25M), France (20M), and the UK (18M) round out the top 5 countries surveyed.

Broadband Penetration Leading Countries, Historical throguh Dec. 2009

Figure 3: Broadband Penetration Leading Countries, Historical throguh Dec. 2009
Source: OECD

US 11th in Fiber Penetration

Despite leading the world in total broadband subscribers, the US is 11th overall in fiber penetration (5%) of all broadband subscriptions (see Figure 4). As predicted, Japan leads the world with 54% of broadband subscriptions over fiber, followed by Korea at 49%, the Slovak Republic at 28%, Sweden at 23%, and Norway at 13%. The low penetration of high speed fiber in the US broadband mix helps to explain their 22nd place in broadband speed worldwide.

Percentage of fiber connections in total broadband subscriptions, Dec. 2009

Figure 4: Percentage of fiber connections in total broadband subscriptions, Dec. 2009
Source: OECD

Further Reading

OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development provided the data for the worldwide broadband trends in their Q4 2009 survey.

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