11 thoughts on “OECD: U.S. Largest, If Not The Fastest, Broadband Market”

  1. Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Korea and Sweden all have broadband densities of more than 30 percent.

    Very impressive, the Nordic countries.

    Canada, depending on how you want to look at it, is either leading a group of big economy and English-speaking countries, just over 25% and in a pack with the UK, France, Germany, USA, Australia, and Japan, or significantly behind a group of countries with at similar latitudes. 🙂

    Population density, shown on one of the graphs, is sometimes misleading, because some countries have a low population density but still most people live in areas with high population density. E.g., Norway’s overall population density is very low, a mere 12/km^2, but about 11.4% live in Oslo proper, with a population density of 1,299/km^2, and another large amount live in the surrounding area. <A HREF=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo”According to Wikipedia, “About 50% of the population of Norway lives within a radius of 120 kilometres of downtown Oslo.”

    Interesting that with all the fiber (and supposedly so cheap), Japan still has a lower percentage of the overall population with broadband than the USA.

  2. The number of broadband connections per 100 inhabitants is meaningless. My house has four inhabitants and one broadband connection. As a result, my house will always be 25% penetrated (until I can convince my kids to move out). It is broadband connections per 100 households that is relevant.

    About a year ago the US passed the point where 50% of households were broadband connected and is expected to finish this year above 60%. So let’s stop with the self-flagellation and the adoration of small countries with state-owned PTTs.

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