OECD: U.S. Largest, If Not The Fastest, Broadband Market

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its report on broadband usage and penetration with some interesting findings and observations. Instead of bemoaning the problems of broadband here in the United States, how about some highlights from the 151-page report, which I hope to dig into later today:

  • At the end of 2007, U.S. broadband companies had 69.9 million subscribers, making it the largest OECD country by total number of subscribers, and represented 30 percent of the total OECD subscriber base.
  • The United States ranks 15th with a broadband density of 23.3 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Denmark has the highest broadband density at 35.1 percent.
  • Fiber-based broadband (FTTH/FTTB) is now 8 percent of the total OECD installed base, making it one of the fastest growing broadband technologies. Japan has 40 percent of its connections on fiber. Korea comes next with 34 percent.
  • Luxembourg is the fastest growing OECD market by per capita subscriber growth, followed by Germany and Ireland. The three countries added 5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
  • Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Korea and Sweden all have broadband densities of more than 30 percent.
  • The average speed of advertised connections increased from 2 Mbit/s in 2004 to almost 9 Mbit/s in 2007 with prices coming down 16 percent for cable and 19 percent for DSL in that time frame.