Australia leads OECD on wireless broadband

But tied with Austria for 18th on wired broadband

Australia has moved into first place among the 34 OECD countries for wireless broadband penetration, with 114 subscriptions per 100 people, the OECD has announced.

A 13 per cent increase in smartphone subscriptions in the first half of 2013 helped Austrlia move up from third place and edge out Finland, which has 112.9 wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, according to the OECD broadband numbers posted this week.

In total, Australia had more than 25.9 million wireless broadband subscriptions, including mobile broadband, mobile data, terrestrial fixed wireless and satellite.

However, Australia continued to lag other countries on fixed broadband connections, tying with Austria for 18th place in the latest OECD statistics. Australia had 25.6 total wired broadband connections per 100 users, and about 5.8 million subscriptions total, the OECD report found.

Most of the wired connections in Australia (21) were DSL, and fibre accounted for only 0.5. DSL continues to be the prevalent broadband connection among OECD countries, making up 52.7 per cent of all fixed broadband subscriptions. However, fibre has climbed to nearly 15.8 per cent of total OECD connections.

The top five OECD countries for fixed broadband penetration were Switzerland (43.8 per 100 people), the Netherlands (40), Denmark (39.7), Korea (37.1) and France (37). The UK was eighth place with 34.9, New Zealand was 15th with 29.5 and the US was 16th place with 29.3.

Australia had also been in 18th place among OECD countries for fixed broadband at the end of 2012.

On wireless broadband penetration, the top five countries were Australia (114 per 100 people), Finland (112.9), Sweden (107.9), Japan (105.3) and Korea (102.9). The US was seventh with 96, New Zealand was 10th with 82.5 and the UK was 12th with 80.4.

Mobile broadband subscriptions among all OECD countries increased 16.6 per cent from a year earlier to 851 million. Wired broadband subscriptions reached 332 million.

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Gordon Drennan


At 117 subdscriptions per 100 Australians this country's real national broadband network is wireless. Its what everyone's smartphone uses, and most of the poor unemployed and sick rely on for internet access who can't afford ADSL or fibre.

But how did Labor respond to that it? It tried to screw the wireless network providers for as much as it could for bandwidth, so wireless was as expensive and slow as possible.



There, there, Gordon, never let the facts get in the way of a good rant!
As we've tried to point out to you before, the wireless coverage for mobile devices is a valuable adjunct to the land network, but can never replace it because it would collapse under congestion if it were used that way.

Your crocodile tears about the poor and sick, etc, would be better directed against the current government policy to replace NBN with an equally expensive but hopeless system that will be out of date the day it is completed.



It's not about 'affordability' of wireless for the majority that use it. Wireless broadband gives you more flexibility in how and when and how much you spend on Internet access. I can easily afford DSL, had cable in Sydney but for the past 4 years I've gone prepaid wireless broadband because I don't like being locked into 12 or 24 month contracts. So there Mr. Know-it-all Gordon!

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