wireless lanWireless broadband subscriptions in the 34 developed-nation-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rose 16.63% in the 12 months to June, 2013 to total 851 million, more than 2.5 times that of wired broadband subscriptions, according to the latest OECD broadband statistics update.

Wireless broadband penetration surged 68.4% higher over the period, “meaning there are now more than two wireless subscriptions for every three inhabitants,” according to an OECD press release. Wireless broadband penetration exceeded 100% in six OECD nations: Australia, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Korea and Denmark. It’s approaching 100% in the U.S.

Fixed, wired broadband subscriptions in OECD countries totaled 332 million as of this past June, an average penetration of 26.7%. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark had the highest rates at 43.8%, 40% and 39.7%, respectively.

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DSL continued to be the predominant type of wired broadband connection, accounting for 52.69% of wired broadband subscriptions, according to the OECD’s latest stats. Fiber continued to gradually replace DSL, accounting for 15.75%, while cable, at 30.91%, accounted for the largest part of the remainder.

Fiber connections among OECD nations continued to grow at double-digit rates over the period, fueled by installations among OECD members with low penetration levels, including France, where fixed fiber connections increased 32% in six months. Fixed fiber connections rose 34% in Spain, 33% in Turkey and 47% in the U.K. over the 12 months to June. Fiber connections are highest in Japan and Korea, making up 68.45% and 62.76% of fixed broadband connections, respectively.

Additional broadband data, along with charts, are available on the OECD Broadband Portal.

Image courtesy of flickr user FutUndBeidl.

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