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High-speed fibre overtakes cable in OECD

High-speed fibre internet has for the first time overtaken cable to become the primary fixed broadband technology across the OECD’s 38 member countries, with 34.9% of fixed broadband subscriptions, according to a new update to the OECD broadband portal.

This shows that fibre subscriptions increased by 18.6% in the year to December 2021, overtaking cable, which now accounts for 32.4% of fixed broadband subscriptions, and DSL at 27% and declining. The share of fibre in total broadband is now over 50% in 13 OECD countries, including Chile, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and Portugal (all above 50%) and Iceland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and Sweden (above 70%). In the UK, the figure is just 7.09%, with fibre subscriptions growth of 50.5%.

Fixed broadband subscriptions continue to grow in almost all OECD countries, increasing by 3.9% across the OECD area in 2021 to a total of 472 million. This equates to an average of 34.4 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in the OECD. The UK penetration rate is 41.08%.

Fixed broadband subscriptions by technology 2009-2021 OECD


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