Japan and Korea said leading in fibre-optic broadband

Fibre-optic cable has become the biggest single broadband technology in Korea and Japan, which lead the world in the proportion of households connected to the Internet with super-fast links, OECD data showed on Thursday.The OECD’s latest broadband statistics showed that Korea had 12.2 fibre-optic connections per 100 inhabitants in June, compared with 10.5 connections via cable TV networks and 8.4 connections using DSL technology over copper telephone wires.To read this Reuters story in full, see uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKTRE49M4RD20081023 or in.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKTRE49M4RD20081023.OECD report shows Kiwi broadband improving
The latest OECD report on broadband services shows broadband penetration is growing, but New Zealand’s ranking remains unchanged.To read this Computerworld article in full, see computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/netw/3CC35EFE80CD3F3DCC2574EB007E047C.The OECD announcement with data and charts is available from www.oecd.org/document/54/0,3343,en_2649_34225_39575670_1_1_1_1,00.html or www.oecd.org/sti/ict/broadband.The highlights from the OECD announcement are:

  • The upgrade to fibre-based connections continues in the OECD. Fibre subscriptions comprise 9% of all broadband connections in the OECD (up from 8% in December 2007). Fibre overtakes DSL/Cable in Korea and Japan and now accounts for 45% of all Japanese broadband subscriptions and 39% in Korea. Korea’s fibre penetration alone (12.2 per 100 inhabitants) is higher than total broadband penetration in 5 OECD countries.
  • The number of broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 251 million by June 2008, an increase of 14% from June 2007. This growth increased broadband penetration rates to 21.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, up from 20% in December 2007.
  • Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden, Korea and Finland lead the OECD with broadband penetration well above the OECD average, each surpassing the 30 subscribers per 100 inhabitants threshold.
  • The strongest per-capita subscriber growth over the year was in Luxembourg and Germany. Each country added more than 5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants during the past year. On average, the OECD area increased 2.7 subscribers per 100 inhabitants over the year.
  • The United States is the largest broadband market in the OECD with 75 million subscribers. US broadband subscribers consistently represent 30% of all broadband connections in the OECD.

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