UK to pass Canada in Broadband Penetration in 2008 - US Broadband Penetration Grows to 91.8% among Active Internet Users - October 2008 Bandwidth Report

October 31, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Website Optimization is announcing that the UK will pass Canada in broadband penetration for the top spot among G7 countries in 2008. The UK's higher growth rate will propel them past Canada in late 2008, according to projections by Website Optimization. While the US showed a higher growth rate in year over year broadband uptake, it remains in 15th place worldwide in broadband penetration. Japan and Korea now have more broadband subscribers on fiber than on DSL or cable. Among active Internet users, broadband penetration in the US grew to 91.8% in September 2008, up 0.26 percentage points over last month.

UK to pass Canada in Broadband Penetration in 2008

Among G7 countries, Canada has held the top spot in broadband penetration for many years. The UK, however, is adding subscribers at a faster rate of 16.5% versus Canada at 12.9% growth from Q2 2007 to Q2 2008 (see Table 1 and Figure 1). As of Q2 2008 Canada had 27.9 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the UK with 27.6 subscribers. France had 26.4 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed by Germany with 26.2, the United States with 25.0, Japan with 23.0, and Italy with 18.2. At current growth rates, the UK will pass Canada in Q3 2008 for the top spot among G7 countries in broadband penetration (see Figure 1).

US Broadband Growth Rate Jumps from 17th to 12th Place Worldwide

The US jumped from 17th to 12th place in net broadband growth worldwide, from December 2007 to June 2008. Compared to six months ago, the growth in subscribers per 100 inhabitants has increased from 3.08 about the OECD average of 3.02 to an above average rate of 3.13 subscribers added per 100 inhabitants (see Figure 2). This rate of 3.13 is just behind Canada at 3.21. Luxembourg leads all countries in net increase in broadband growth at 6.05 from June 2007 to June 2008, followed by Germany at 5.03, Greece at 4.13, Ireland at 4.12, and Hungary at 4.10 additional subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

US Broadband Penetration Remains at 15th Worldwide

The United States remained at 15th in broadband penetration worldwide, according to the OECD (see Figure 3). The latest June 2008 data showed no change in rankings since the December 2007 broadband penetration report. Iceland dropped from 3rd to 5th place, while Finland dropped from 6th to 8th place worldwide. Broadband penetration appears to correlate with GDP per capita (0.67 simple correlation), while broadband penetration does not appear to strongly correlate with population density (0.21 simple correlation). However, a scatter plot of the broadband data does show a rough correlation between broadband penetration and population density (see Figure 4).

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About The Bandwidth Report

The Bandwidth Report is a monthly roundup of connectivity trends in the US and elsewhere compiled by Website Optimization Each month's bandwidth report offers the latest statistics in Internet connectivity and broadband trends, including:

* Home Connectivity in the US
* Broadband Growth in the US
* Work Connectivity
* Broadband Trends in the US, Canada, and other countries