By the end of 2011, there were over 1.2 billion active users of mobile broadband devices, according to a recent survey. 90% of the world's population had access to 2G broadband, while 45% of the world had 3G coverage, according to the ITU. Europe leads the world in broadband penetration with fixed and mobile broadband penetration reaching 26% and 54% respectively. The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark lead all countries surveyed in fixed broadband penetration.
European countries lead the world in both fixed and wireless broadband penetration, with 26% and 54% penetration respectively. The Netherlands leads all countries surved with 38.1% fixed broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Switzerland came in second in 2011 with 37.9% pentration, followed by Denmark at 37.7%, Korea at 35.7%, and Norway at 35.3% penetration of fixed broadband. The UK came in 11th at 31.6% penetration, Canada 14th at 29.8%, and the US came in 16th at 27.6% penetration.
Figure 1: Top 25 Fixed Broadand Subscribers per 100 Inhabitants by Country
Source: ITU 2011 Facts and Figures Report
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