Wowsers, mobile data usage doubled last year…

If you live in an OECD country, it seems that your reliance on the internet never ceases to grow. Whether it's at home, at work, or on-the-go, you’ll be using the internet in all aspects of your day-to-day life.

This is reflected in recent numbers from the OECD Broadband portal. Mobile data usage has seen tremendous growth, more than doubling in 2017. For the 32 countries examined, mobile internet users downloaded an average of 2.8 GB of data per month per subscription in 2017, compared to 1.3 GB in 2016. The top countries for data usage were Finland (15.5 GB), Austria (11.2 GB), Estonia (7.2 GB) and Latvia (6.7 GB).    

Numbers for 37 countries – with the inclusion of Colombia and Lithuania – also show that high-speed mobile internet subscriptions grew by 80 million during 2017. This is a 6.1% increase which has taken mobile broadband penetration to over 102% in the OECD area, according to the recent update.

Also in December of 2017 we saw that among the 1.344 billion people living in OECD countries, there were 1.377 billion mobile broadband subscriptions. This means that for every 100 people residing in the OECD, there were 102.4 mobile data subscriptions.

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