the UK passed Japan and the US in broadband penetration in the first quarter of 2006. Among G7 countries, only Canada had a higher broadband penetration rate, according to a recent broadband survey by OECD. The UK’s faster growth rate, over twice that of Japan, propelled it past Japan around March of 2006. Meanwhile in the US, broadband growth slowed in October, growing only 0.27% percentage points to 76.6% among active Internet users over the past month.
Over the past year, the UK added a net increase of 6.1 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. The US added 4.7 subscribers, while Japan added 2.6. As predicted the UK’s superior growth rate propelled it past the US and Japan to become second only to Canada among G7 countries surveyed in broadband penetration. Among the top 5 countries in broadband penetration per 100 inhabitants, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Switzerland all show faster growth rates, while Iceland and Korea areleveling off. At these growth rates Switzerland passed Korea to become fourth overall in broadband penetration worldwide in the third quarter of 2006.