The number of broadband subscribers in the 30 countries tracked by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reached 181 million in June -- a 33 percent increase over the previous year.
Broadband reached an average of 15.5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, compared to 11.7 subscribers per 100 in 2005, according to the OECD's data. In 28 of the 30 countries, DSL (63 percent) led over cable modems (29 percent) and other technologies (8 percent), like satellite, fiber and fixed wireless. Users in the United States and Canada tend to opt for cable modems over DSL, OECD noted.
With 57 million users, the United States has the largest total number of broadband subscribers, and accounts for 36 percent of all broadband connections for the 30 OECD countries.
Excluding the United States, Northern European countries are among the highest rank in terms of broadband penetration. Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Korea, Switzerland, and Finland each have at least 25 broadband subscribers per 100 residents, OECD said. In the first half of the year, the strongest growth in broadband was seen in Denmark, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden and the U.K., where more than six subscribers per 100 people were added in each country.