New Zealand broadband grew faster than any other country in a recent survey. The US remained in 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, with a growth rate of 2.6% over the first half of 2012.
New Zealand topped all countries in broadband growth in a recent survey (see Figure 1). In the first half of 2012, New Zealand broadband penetration grew by 4.6%, followed by Chile at 3.9%, Greece at 3.9%, the Czech Republic at 3.8%, the Sloval Republic at 3.1%, Portugal at 2.8% and the United States at 2.6% growth. The US came in 7th in fixed broadband growth, above the OECD average of 1.4% growth worldwide. Portugal, our previous leader, had the lowest growth over the same 6 month period, dropping by 2.1%.
Figure 1: Broadband Penetration Growth by Country December 2011 - June 2012
The United States stayed in 15th place in broadband penetration from our last OECD broadband survey. Switzerland topped the list with 41.6% fixed broadband penetration per 100 inhabitants in June 2012, followed by the Netherlands at 39.4%, Denmark at 38.3%, Korea at 36.2%, Norway at 36.1%, France at 35.5%, Iceland at 34.3%, Germany at 33.8%, the United Kingdom at 33.6%, and Belgium at 32.7% broadband penetration. Canada came in 13th at 31.9% penetration. The US came in 15th at 28.4% broadband penetration, up from 27.7% broadband penetration in Dec. 2011 (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Broadband Penetration by Country Versus GDP - December 2011
Worldwide, DSL connections dominate the broadband landscape with 54.8% of total broadband subscriptions. Cable modems came in second at 30.4%, Fiber+LAN connections comprised 14.2%, while other connections contributed 0.6% (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Fixed Broadband Subscriptions by Technology - June 2012
France leads the G7 countries with 35.5% penetration, followed by Germany at 33.8%, the United Kingdom at 33.6%, Canada at 31.9%, and the United States at 28.4% fixed broadband penetration (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Fixed Broadband Penetration for G7 Countries - June 2012
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