World broadband penetration leaders: Korea, Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland

OECD ranked its country members on broadband penetration, dissecting DSL, cable and other hookups. Korea, Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland all boast broadband penetration above 20%.

Broadband penetration numbers in OECD states

  Penetration, number of lines per 100  
Rank Country DSL Cable Other Total Total Subscribers
1 Korea 13.9 8.9 2.7 25.5 12 260 969
2 Netherlands 13.6 8.9 0 22.5 3 642 315
3 Denmark 13.2 6.1 2.4 21.8 1 176 637
4 Iceland 21.0 0.3 0.4 21.7 63 553
5 Switzerland 12.7 7.2 0.4 20.3 1 515 446
6 Canada 9.4 9.7 0.1 19.2 6 142 662
7 Finland 16.3 2.2 0.2 18.7 978 600
8 Belgium 11.0 7.3 0 18.2 1 899 652
9 Norway 14.8 2.5 0.9 18.2 836 060
10 Sweden 11.3 2.7 2.5 16.5 1 482 843
11 Japan 11.0 2.4 3.0 16.4 20 953 090
12 United States 5.5 8.0 1.1 14.5 42 645 815
13 United Kingdom 9.7 3.8 0 13.5 8 095 000
14 France 11.9 0.8 0 12.8 7 935 900
15 Austria 7.0 5.4 0.1 12.5 1 025 036
16 Luxembourg 10.4 1.3 0 11.8 52 920
17 Australia 8.5 2.4 0.1 10.9 2 183 300
18 Germany 9.9 0.3 0.1 10.2 8 439 732
19 Italy 9.4 0 0.6 10.0 5 783 319
20 Portugal 5.1 4.7 0 9.9 1031 491
21 Spain 7.0 2.2 0.1 9.3 3 949 234
22 New Zealand 6.4 0.3 0.3 6.9 283 798
23 Hungary 2.9 1.6 0.1 4.6 469 186
24 Ireland 3.5 0.4 0.5 4.3 175 500
25 Poland 2.5 0.7 0.1 3.3 1 250 000
26 Czech Republic 1.8 1.0 0 2.8 284 200
27 Slovak Republic 1.2 0.3 0.1 1.6 86 958
28 Turkey 1.1 0 0 1.2 862 843
29 Mexico 0.8 0.2 0 1.0 1 051 854
30 Greece 0.8 0 0 0.8 93 287
OECD Total 7.2 3.8 0.8 11.8 136 651 000
Source: OECD