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Updated OECD Broadband Statistics

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase in the first half of 2005 from 119 million to 137 million. Broadband penetration in the OECD grew by 15 percent in the first half of the year to 11.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

As penetration grows, broadband providers in the OECD increasingly are offering voice and video services over this platform. The speeds offered by providers are also increasing. Other main highlights from the first half of 2005 are :

* Broadband subscribers in the OECD reached 137 million by mid-year 2005, adding 18 million broadband subscribers since January.
* 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 "Other broadband" category had the highest percentage growth in the past six months, growing 13 percent.
* The breakdown of broadband technologies in June 2005 is as follows:
- DSL: 61.2 percent
- Cable modem: 32.0 percent
- Other technologies: 6.8 percent (e.g. fibre optics, LAN, satellite and fixed wireless)

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