UK is fifth-largest broadband market
UK broadband ranks fifth in the world in terms of total connections, according to research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In the organisation’s latest figures – from June this year – the UK’s 18.8 million broadband connections placed it in the higher echelons of the ranking, trailing behind the US (with 83 million), Japan, Germany and France.
In terms of subscriptions per hundred inhabitants, Britain ranked 11th, with 30.5 connections for every hundred people.
However, while the UK might be sitting at the top table in terms of penetration, our reliance on BT’s copper network is underlined by a comparison of fibre with other countries.
Japan and South Korea lead the way for fibre, with 55% and 52% of all connections over fibre, followed by the Slovak Republic, where 28% of internet subscribers enjoy fibre.
By comparison, the UK’s high-speed connections are still so rare that they don’t even register on the OECD chart, with Britain lumped in with a slew of countries with a reported 0% of connections over fibre.