UK ranks high for fixed line broadband penetrationUK comes fifth for number of broadband connections

08 December 2010

UK ranks 5th for fixed line broadband penetration

UK ranks 5th for fixed line broadband penetration

The UK ranks fifth for the number of fixed line broadband connections out of 33 countries covered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Research released by the OECD shows that in June 2010 there were 18,827,500 fixed line broadband subscriptions in the UK. This leaves the UK behind the United States, Japan, Germany and France in terms of total connections. 

Average UK broadband penetration

According to the data, of every 100 UK residents, 30.5 have a fixed line broadband connection ranking the UK eleventh out of the 33 countries. Highest penetration levels per 100 residents are found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland.

Fibre broadband growth

The OECD research shows that fibre broadband continues to grow, relative to other fixed broadband options, in the countries included. Fibre now accounts for half of all broadband connections in Japan and Korea. 

Fibre broadband in the UK was provided with a boost in October, when telecoms watchdog Ofcom announced that BT must open its fibre broadband network to rivals such as TalkTalk and Sky.

BT has already started rolling out its fibre broadband network across the UK and plans to provide speeds of either 40Mbps or 100Mbps to two-thirds of UK homes by 2015. Its own fibre broadband service is known as BT Infinity. 

Virgin Media's 100Mbps service has just gone live in a number of areas around the country and it says more will be added throughout 2011 before the roll-out is complete in mid-2012.

You can find out how to choose the best broadband service for you in the free Which? guide on how to get the best broadband deal. But before making a decision check out how Which? members rated BT, Virgin Media and more than 20 other broadband providers for value for money, customer service and connection reliability in the Which? broadband review.

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