Blog Post

Report: The U.S. joins 6 other countries in achieving 100% wireless data penetration

Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!

For every person in the U.S. there is a mobile or wireless data connection, according to new figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As of December of 2013, the U.S. joined six other OECD countries – Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark and South Korea – in reaching 100 percent penetration for what the OECD considers wireless broadband links.

The OECD’s definition of wireless broadband is a bit looser than what you or I would consider broadband. Its cut-off line is 256 kbps, so 3G and low-bandwidth satellite count alongside 4G technologies and dedicated fixed-wireless broadband connections.

Source: OECD
Source: OECD

While we may not be connecting to the internet over the airwaves at the same speeds we are with our home and work cable and fiber connections, we’re connecting to the internet using mobile and wireless devices nonetheless.

In the OECD area – which comprises 34 countries in Europe, North America along with a handful of states in Asia and South America – wireless data penetration is at 72.4 percent. That’s higher than wireline penetration, which averages 27 percent across the OECD’s member states.

2 Responses to “Report: The U.S. joins 6 other countries in achieving 100% wireless data penetration”

  1. @Mobldave

    The fact there are more mobile connections / subscriptions than people (or adults) does NOT mean there is 100% penetration. There are obviously many people who do not own a mobile phone. It might be 80s or 90%+ but will never be 100% due to simple economic reasons.

  2. Richard Bennett

    You can’t directly compare wireless and wired connections per OECD penetration stats since one is for devices and the other is for households.

    If you’re looking at how many people have access to a broadband subscription (that’s what “penetration” means) the gap is not that wide since 2.1 – 2.8 people use each wired subscription in OECD depending the average household size in each nation while each wireless subscription is used by an average of less than one person (people have multiple devices.)