UK and US trails on super-fast broadband say OECD figures

The UK is trailing when it comes to next-generation access, new figures show.According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK is placed 21st out of 30 in terms of speed.That puts it below countries such as Greece, Portugal and Spain.The report suggests that countries that invest in fibre networks are likely to see the best economic returns in other areas.To read this BBC News report in full, see: see:Broadband penetration still lags in U.S.
The United States still lags behind several developed countries in broadband penetration despite experiencing solid growth over the past year, according to new data released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.The OECD data, which were collected between June 2008 and June 2009, show that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband penetration with 26.7 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. The Netherlands ranks first in the world in broadband penetration with 38.1 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants while Denmark ranks a close second with 37 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, according to the OECD. Additionally, America’s neighbor to the north, Canada, ranks10th in the world with 29.7 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

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