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Okay perhaps now we will stop hearing about South Korea and its leadership when it comes to broadband penetration. Data released by Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD) shows that South Korea has dropped to the #4 spot behind Denmark (29.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants), […]

Okay perhaps now we will stop hearing about South Korea and its leadership when it comes to broadband penetration. Data released by Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD) shows that South Korea has dropped to the #4 spot behind Denmark (29.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants), the Netherlands, and Iceland when it comes to broadband penetration. Nevertheless, we still love them for showing rest of the world why Broadband is important.

The US is hanging tight at #12 spot, though we have the largest total number of broadband subscribers amongst the OECD members. (Okay, some of us are getting 300 kbps masquerading as broadband, but that’s a rant for another day.) Some key points made in the report:

  • Japan had 6.3 million fiber subscribers in June 2006.
  • Fiber is hot, and not just in Japan. Danish power companies are rolling out fiber in tandem with their current efforts to bury overhead powerlines.
  • Canada is ranked #9 in broadband penetration, but it is not that far off from the leaders; an amazing feat considering the size of that country.
  • DSL continues to be the leading platform in 28 OECD countries.
  • The number of broadband subscribers in the OECD increased 33% from 136 million in June 2005 to 181 million in June 2006
  1. Canada is ranked #9 in broadband penetration, but it is not that far off from the leaders; an amazing feat considering the size of that country.

    That certainly is impressive. I’d be interested to see how the statistics break down between Toronto/Vancouver/Montreal/Calgary/Edmonton and everywhere else. Canada’s population is fairly concentrated in urban areas.

    I’m a little surprised at how low Ireland is.

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  2. The graphics of broadband vs. population density and broadband vs. GDP would be interesting to look out, but I can’t get larger versions of the graphs.

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  3. 300kbps? Lucky person! We’ve just had our DSL CIR upgraded from 24kbps to 30kbps.

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  4. It’s funny – I’m actually been in Copenhagen for a day now and the WiFi connections are amazing – at least 7 listed, though a number are WEP-protected.

    Cross the strait into Malmö Sweden though (30 minutes by train) – WiFi SUCKS, impossible to log into Telia, etc.

    Go figure…

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  5. Ah, looks like the graph links are fixed. Nice.

    From all I hear from people talking about some of the Triple Play offerings in France, it’s a little surprising to see them behind the US. Guess some of those packages are only in certain areas, just like Verizon’s FIOS.

    Seems like Nordic countries and in general those farther north do better. Perhaps people like going outside more and enjoying the weather in the warmer countries? ;)

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