Wireless broadband in OECD countries has increased by 14.6%

19.8.2014

Wireless broadband penetration has grown to 72.4% in the OECD area, according to December 2013 data, meaning there are almost three wireless subscriptions for every four inhabitants.

Wireless broadband subscriptions in the 34-country group were up 14.6% from a year earlier to a total of 910 million, driven by continuing strong demand for smartphones and tablets.

Seven countries (Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Korea and the United States) now lie above the 100% penetration threshold.

Fixed wired broadband subscriptions in the OECD area reached 339 million as of December 2013, making an average penetration of 27%. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark remained at the top of the table with 44.9%, 40.4% and 40.0% respectively.

DSL is still the prevalent technology, making up 51.5% of fixed broadband subscriptions, but it continues to be gradually replaced by fibre, now at 16.7% of subscriptions.

Cable (31.2%) accounted for most of the remaining subscriptions.

Two-digit annual growth in fibre ratio in total fixed broadband was sustained thanks to increases in large OECD economies with low penetration levels such as France (66%), Spain (74%), Turkey (73%) and the United Kingdom (108%).

Japan and Korea remain the OECD leaders, with fibre making up 69.9% and 64.6% of fixed broadband connections.

Source: OECD broadband statistics update