Broadband Statistics in UK and Rest of World

broadband statistics
Source: OFCOM

Broadband access in the UK. Also showing different access points to broadband.

In the space of less than 10 years, Broadband access has come to be seen as a vital public amenity. It is used for business, retail and is increasingly seen as one of the factors which can show the degree of economic development in an economy.

Also, in a fast moving market, there has been a strong growth of mobile broadband, as people increasingly check the internet from their own smart phones. With 20% of UK households still not receiving broadband, the government has announced policy measures to support the rolling out of broadband in rural areas.

Growth of Broadband in UK

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brandband subscriptions -per-100 inhabitants

From 0 in 2000, there was exponential growth 2000-2006. Interestingly has a very similar product life cycle to mobile phones.

How does the UK compare to the rest of the world?

world-broadband rates

Quite a difference between the Netherlands and Italy – both in the EU, but Netherlands has nearly double the number of subscriptions.

An EU  committee recently approved plans to bring speeds of 100Mbps to every home and business in Europe by 2020, with 1Gbps capabilities to be available to 50 per cent of EU households by the same point.

Broadband subscriptions per 100

1
Liechtenstein63.83
2
Bermuda62.07
3
Dominica47.14
4
Netherlands37.97
5
Denmark37.42
6
Switzerland37.38
7
Korea, Rep.36.11
8
Iceland34.94
9
Norway34.58
10
Cayman Islands33.53
11
Faeroe Islands33.40
12
Luxembourg32.94
13
France32.83
14
San Marino32.03
15
Germany31.82
16
Gibraltar31.80
17
Sweden31.59
18
United Kingdom31.29
19
Belgium31.01
20
Hong Kong SAR, China30.09
21
Canada29.72
22
Finland29.07
23
Andorra28.87
24
Malta27.78
25
Japan26.72
26
United States26.45
27
St. Kitts and Nevis25.00
28
New Zealand24.93
29
Singapore24.77
30
Israel24.46
31
Estonia24.37
32
Macao SAR, China24.14
33
Slovenia24.12
34
Austria23.88
35
Australia23.13
36
Spain22.96
37
Ireland22.76
38
Italy22.15
39
Greenland21.24
40
Lithuania20.60
41
Barbados20.56
42
Greece19.90
43
Hungary19.55
44
Portugal19.50
45
Latvia19.39
46
Croatia18.17
47
Aruba17.88
48
Cyprus17.62
49
Belarus17.55
50
Antigua and Barbuda17.25
51
Slovak Republic16.14
52
New Caledonia15.04
53
Czech Republic14.61
54
Bulgaria14.60
55
Romania13.99
56
Puerto Rico13.87
57
Poland13.21
58
Macedonia, FYR12.47
59
Bahrain12.21
60
French Polynesia11.91
61
St. Vincent and the Grenadines11.43
62
Uruguay11.41
63
Russian Federation11.08
64
Trinidad and Tobago10.81
65
St. Lucia10.69
66
United Arab Emirates10.47
67
Chile10.45
68
Bosnia and Herzegovina10.40
69
Grenada10.12
70
Mexico9.98
71
Turkey9.75
72
Argentina9.56
73
China9.44
74
Qatar9.17
75
Serbia8.94
76
Montenegro8.30
77
Virgin Islands (U.S.)8.29
78
Ukraine7.98
79
Panama7.84
80
World7.79
81
Moldova7.55
82
Malaysia7.32
83
Seychelles7.26
84
Brazil7.23
85
Bahamas, The7.13
86
Mauritius6.38
87
Costa Rica6.19
88
Colombia5.66
89
Azerbaijan5.53
90
Saudi Arabia5.45
91
Brunei Darussalam5.44
92
Venezuela, RB5.40
93
Kazakhstan5.19
94
Georgia4.98
95
Maldives4.92
96
Lebanon4.73
97
Tunisia4.57
98
Jamaica4.32
99
Vietnam4.18
100
Thailand3.87
101
Dominican Republic3.64
102
Albania3.43
103
Tuvalu3.26
104
Jordan3.26
105
Peru3.14
106
Cape Verde3.04
107
Suriname2.99
108
El Salvador2.83
109
Armenia2.69
110
Belize2.59
111
Algeria2.54
112
Mongolia2.31
113
Oman1.89
114
Fiji1.86
115
Philippines1.85
116
Egypt, Arab Rep.1.82
117
Kuwait1.68
118
Guam1.67
119
Guyana1.59
120
Morocco1.56
121
South Africa1.49
122
Ecuador1.36
123
Bhutan1.20
124
Libya1.15
125
Palau1.14
126
Sri Lanka1.02
127
Bolivia0.97
128
Tonga0.96
129
India0.94
130
Djibouti0.91
131
Kiribati0.90
132
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.0.90
133
Nicaragua0.82
134
Indonesia0.79
135
Iran, Islamic Rep.0.68
136
Senegal0.63
137
Paraguay0.61
138
Botswana0.60
139
Nepal0.38
140
Sudan0.38
141
Solomon Islands0.37
142
Sao Tome and Principe0.35
143
Yemen, Rep.0.33
144
Syrian Arab Republic0.33
145
Uzbekistan0.32
146
Pakistan0.31
147
Benin0.29
148
Kyrgyz Republic0.29
149
Zimbabwe0.26
150
Cambodia0.25
151
Gabon0.25
152
Ghana0.21
153
Lao PDR0.19
154
Mauritania0.19
155
Equatorial Guinea0.17
156
Swaziland0.14
157
Vanuatu0.13
158
Samoa0.11
159
Angola0.10
160
Togo0.09
161
Papua New Guinea0.09
162
Burkina Faso0.08
163
Zambia0.08
164
Tajikistan0.07
165
Nigeria0.06
166
Mozambique0.06
167
Uganda0.06
168
Bangladesh0.04
169
Cote d’Ivoire0.04
170
Malawi0.03
171
Myanmar0.03
172
Cuba0.03
173
Rwanda0.02
174
Niger0.02
175
Madagascar0.02
176
Gambia, The0.02
177
Lesotho0.02
178
Timor-Leste0.02
179
Namibia0.02
180
Mali0.02
181
Turkmenistan0.01
182
Congo, Dem. Rep.0.01
183
Kenya0.01
184
Tanzania0.01
185
Cameroon0.01
186
Guinea0.01
187
Ethiopia0.00
188
Liberia0.00
189
Afghanistan0.00
190
Congo, Rep.0.00
191
Burundi0.00
192
Eritrea0.00
193
Chad0.00
194
Iraq0.00

Broadband subscriptions includes – digital subscriber line, cable modem, or other high-speed technology.

Sources: Fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 people World Bank