OECD report highlights broadband advances in H1 2010 -

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a broadband report for the first half of 2010, which highlights broadband penetration in the OECD area.

Total fixed broadband subscriptions within OECD countries was up from 283 million in December 2009 to 295 million in June 2010, while the average penetration rate grew from 23.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants to 24.3.

Japan and Korea continued to rule the roost, while Sweden and Norway were not far behind. The report highlighted a wireless broadband penetration rate of 95 percent in Korea, 75.6 percent in Sweden, 75.3 percent in Japan, and 72.8 percent in Norway.

55 percent of Japan's broadband connections were fibre optic, while Korea enjoyed a similar 52 percent rate, some of the highest in the world. Slovakia, Sweden and Denmark also rated highly, with a fibre penetration rate of 28 percent, 24 percent, and 12 percent respectively.

There's a long way to go before fibre dominates the OECD area, however, as DSL and cable are still the most prevalent broadband technologies. DSL is used by 58 percent of broadband users in the OECD, while cable accounts for 29 percent. Fibre still lags behind at 11.5 percent, but this is set to grow over the next few years.

Satellite and terrestrial fixed wireless subscriptions were shown to be a niche market, with only the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland displaying relatively high penetration rates within the wireless broadband market, coming in at 6.5 percent, 3 percent, and 2.2 percent respectively.