We have had overwhelming support for the broadband around the planet wiki, and we now have more than two dozen countries already in the wiki. We still need more help, and are counting on your support. Please help us spread the word. I registered BroadbandWiki.com and it directs to our wiki. Also, we have a Broadband+Google Maps mash-up in the works, and have a brand new logo. If you can, please put the logo on your websites, and link back to the wiki. Thanks for your generous support.
And now for the fun part….
1. Did you know that Iceland is only behind South Korea, Netherlands and Denmark in Internet penetration, and 84% of its households have Internet connection?
2. Australia adds 40,000 broadband connections every month.
3. In Spain, you can get a 20 megabit/second connection for $36 a month and that includes free phone service and a wifi router from a company called Jazztel.
4. Nearly 60% of Indians get their broadband at cyber cafes that dot the country?
5. Uruguay’s telecom monopoly sells a 512/256 kbps connection for $190 a month.
8 thoughts on “Five fun facts from Broadband Wiki”
Hello Om Malik ,
I like your blog and am a regular visitor .
I think most of the data that you are looking for broadband wiki is available in the web site /www.point-topic.com although some data is not free .
The site has a broadband map too , but you need to subscribe to one of thier services costing almost 1200 GBP
Well all that you / other team members of the wiki needs to do is take that data out there and present in a web2.0 / wiki fashion
Yeah.. I can tell, with the number of interoperability requests from Iceland!
Iceland with a population of 296,737…which probably is less than the # of people that live in one block in NY, can afford that kind of penetration and probably 3 Wi-Max towers and they are good to go….
Now, with the geography and vastness of the US, which the telco’s and cable companies facing here, infrastructure costs are kickin their purses.
100% always-on Broadband will alleviate poverty through Education, in the developing countries. People will be better informed abt everything. Keenly waiting for $100 Laptop initiative to take off in a big way with Broadband connectivity. I’ve no doubts that this is the only way to remedy most of the problems in this world effectively and efficiently.
The “Broadband” section of ITFacts blog contains bunches and bunches of broadband-related data, although it’s not organized as well as wiki
Be sure to drop me a line when you have the Google Maps mashup completed and I’ll post it if it’s ready for the masses on Google Maps Mania..
I am starting to develop a standard template for each page so that results from each country can be compared equally, page authors, have a look at:
and feel free to extend on what statistics we will track etc. I know it will be hard to get some stats for some countries but we will do our best.