Wireless Now Leads Global Broadband Growth


The focus of global broadband adoption now has shifted to the wireless domain, a dstudy suggests. Wireless broadband subscriptions showed growth of over 13 percent in the last six months and Korea (100.6) and Sweden (98.0) have wireless penetration above or near 100 percent. 

The global number of wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries totals 667 million, up from 590 million in June 2011, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Switzerland tops for the first time the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) fixed broadband rankings for fixed broadband "density,"  with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.
Fixed wired broadband subscriptions reached 314 million in the OECD area at the end of 2011, although growth slowed to 1.8 percent in the second half of 2011, the study suggests.

OECD Fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011
The overall share of DSL subscriptions continues to decrease (55.8 percent), to the benefit of cable (30 percent) and, especially, fibre-to-the-home subscriptions that now represent 13.7 percent of the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions.
Data and charts for the December 2011 broadband statistics are available here

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