Global broadband hookups: DSL – 61.2%, cable – 32%

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries continued to increase in the first half of 2005 from 119 mln to 137 mln. Broadband penetration in the OECD grew by 15% in the first half of the year to 11.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

Broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 137 mln by mid-year 2005, adding 18 mln broadband subscribers since January 2005. The OECD broadband penetration rate reached 11.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in June 2005, up from 10.2 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in December 2004. Korea maintains its lead in OECD broadband penetration with 25.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. The Netherlands has the second-highest penetration at 22.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland complete the top five countries for broadband penetration. The strongest per-capita growth over the past 12 months has been in Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom. DSL is now the leading broadband platform in 28 OECD countries. Canada and the United States are the two countries with more cable modem than DSL subscribers. The breakdown of broadband technologies in June 2005 is DSL: 61.2%, cable modem: 32.0%, other technologies: 6.8%.