Fixed broadband subscriptions (per 100 people) - Country Ranking

Definition: Fixed broadband subscriptions refers to fixed subscriptions to high-speed access to the public Internet (a TCP/IP connection), at downstream speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s. This includes cable modem, DSL, fiber-to-the-home/building, other fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions, satellite broadband and terrestrial fixed wireless broadband. This total is measured irrespective of the method of payment. It excludes subscriptions that have access to data communications (including the Internet) via mobile-cellular networks. It should include fixed WiMAX and any other fixed wireless technologies. It includes both residential subscriptions and subscriptions for organizations.

Source: International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report and database.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Monaco 46.76 2014
2 Switzerland 42.47 2014
3 Liechtenstein 41.97 2014
4 Denmark 41.34 2014
5 Netherlands 40.77 2014
6 France 40.17 2014
7 Cayman Islands 39.63 2014
8 Norway 38.83 2014
9 Korea 38.78 2014
10 United Kingdom 37.38 2014
11 San Marino 36.98 2014
12 Belgium 35.99 2014
13 Iceland 35.92 2014
14 Andorra 35.89 2014
15 Germany 35.78 2014
16 Canada 35.38 2014
17 Malta 35.23 2014
18 Luxembourg 34.80 2014
19 Sweden 34.07 2014
20 Finland 32.30 2014
21 Hong Kong SAR, China 31.42 2014
22 United States 31.06 2014
23 New Zealand 30.98 2014
24 Japan 29.31 2014
25 Estonia 28.90 2014
26 Belarus 28.84 2014
27 Greece 28.36 2014
28 Macao SAR, China 28.06 2014
29 Czech Republic 27.88 2014
30 Austria 27.67 2014
31 Australia 27.66 2014
32 Hungary 27.35 2014
33 Spain 27.27 2014
34 Israel 27.24 2014
35 Barbados 27.17 2014
36 Ireland 26.91 2014
37 Singapore 26.72 2014
38 Lithuania 26.66 2014
39 Slovenia 26.55 2014
40 Portugal 25.67 2014
41 St. Kitts and Nevis 25.55 2014
42 Latvia 24.74 2014
43 Uruguay 24.58 2014
44 Italy 23.54 2014
45 Saudi Arabia 23.38 2014
46 Philippines 23.22 2014
47 Croatia 23.04 2014
48 Lebanon 22.80 2014
49 New Caledonia 22.44 2014
50 Slovak Republic 21.84 2014
51 Bahrain 21.39 2014
52 Cyprus 21.13 2014
53 Bulgaria 20.66 2014
54 The Bahamas 20.17 2014
55 Azerbaijan 19.95 2014
56 Poland 18.93 2014
57 Romania 18.52 2014
58 Grenada 18.29 2014
59 Greenland 18.19 2014
60 Trinidad and Tobago 17.57 2014
61 Russia 17.51 2014
62 Macedonia 16.79 2014
63 Montenegro 16.71 2014
64 Puerto Rico 16.57 2014
65 Dominica 15.76 2014
66 Argentina 15.57 2014
67 Serbia 15.57 2014
68 St. Lucia 15.40 2014
69 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 14.92 2014
70 Moldova 14.71 2014
71 Mauritius 14.57 2014
72 China 14.38 2014
73 Bosnia and Herzegovina 14.18 2014
74 Chile 14.08 2014
75 Kazakhstan 12.93 2014
76 Seychelles 12.68 2014
77 Georgia 12.15 2014
78 Antigua and Barbuda 11.83 2014
79 Turkey 11.69 2014
80 Brazil 11.68 2014
81 United Arab Emirates 11.56 2014
82 Costa Rica 10.52 2014
83 Mexico 10.48 2014
84 Colombia 10.27 2014
85 Malaysia 10.14 2014
86 Qatar 9.90 2014
87 Iran 9.46 2014
88 Palau 9.36 2014
89 Ukraine 9.29 2014
90 Armenia 9.14 2014
91 Tuvalu 9.10 2014
92 Suriname 8.53 2014
93 Thailand 8.47 2014
94 Ecuador 8.26 2014
95 Panama 7.90 2014
96 Venezuela 7.78 2014
97 Brunei 7.15 2014
98 Mongolia 6.85 2014
99 Albania 6.57 2014
100 Vietnam 6.48 2014
101 Peru 5.74 2014
102 Dominican Republic 5.70 2014
103 Guyana 5.63 2014
104 Jamaica 5.41 2014
105 El Salvador 5.00 2014
106 Jordan 4.69 2014
107 Oman 4.51 2014
108 Tunisia 4.48 2014
109 Kyrgyz Republic 4.16 2014
110 Algeria 4.01 2014
111 Egypt 3.68 2014
112 Cabo Verde 3.44 2014
113 Bhutan 3.26 2014
114 South Africa 3.21 2014
115 Morocco 2.97 2014
116 Belize 2.91 2014
117 Guatemala 2.73 2014
118 Sri Lanka 2.65 2014
119 Nicaragua 2.48 2014
120 Paraguay 2.43 2014
121 Syrian Arab Republic 2.28 2014
122 Djibouti 2.27 2014
123 Bangladesh 1.95 2014
124 Uzbekistan 1.87 2014
125 Vanuatu 1.77 2014
126 Namibia 1.76 2014
127 Tonga 1.70 2014
128 Botswana 1.63 2014
129 Bolivia 1.59 2014
130 Fiji 1.40 2014
131 Honduras 1.39 2014
132 Kuwait 1.38 2014
133 Yemen 1.36 2014
134 India 1.24 2014
135 Indonesia 1.19 2014
136 Kiribati 1.15 2014
137 Pakistan 1.08 2014
138 Samoa 1.05 2014
139 Zimbabwe 1.04 2014
140 Libya 1.00 2014
141 Nepal 0.89 2014
142 Senegal 0.71 2014
143 Somalia 0.65 2014
144 Gabon 0.63 2014
145 Côte d'Ivoire 0.61 2014
146 São Tomé and Principe 0.56 2014
147 Equatorial Guinea 0.50 2014
148 Ethiopia 0.49 2014
149 Cambodia 0.43 2014
150 Angola 0.41 2014
151 Swaziland 0.40 2014
152 Benin 0.40 2014
153 Uganda 0.29 2014
154 Myanmar 0.27 2014
155 Ghana 0.27 2014
156 Solomon Islands 0.23 2014
157 Comoros 0.21 2014
158 Mauritania 0.20 2014
159 Kenya 0.19 2014
160 Togo 0.18 2014
161 Papua New Guinea 0.18 2014
162 Tanzania 0.17 2014
163 Lao PDR 0.16 2014
164 The Gambia 0.14 2014
165 Zambia 0.14 2014
166 Liberia 0.14 2014
167 Madagascar 0.11 2014
168 Timor-Leste 0.09 2014
169 Guinea-Bissau 0.08 2014
170 Chad 0.08 2014
171 Mozambique 0.08 2014
172 Tajikistan 0.07 2014
173 Lesotho 0.07 2014
174 Cameroon 0.07 2014
175 Cuba 0.07 2014
176 Sudan 0.05 2014
177 Malawi 0.05 2014
178 Niger 0.05 2014
179 Turkmenistan 0.04 2014
180 Burkina Faso 0.03 2014
181 Rwanda 0.02 2014
182 Mali 0.02 2014
183 Burundi 0.02 2014
184 Central African Republic 0.01 2012
185 Congo 0.01 2014
186 Iraq 0.01 2010
187 Nigeria 0.01 2014
188 Guinea 0.01 2014
189 Afghanistan 0.00 2014
190 Eritrea 0.00 2014
191 Dem. Rep. Congo 0.00 2014
192 Haiti 0.00 2014

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Development Relevance: The quality of an economy's infrastructure, including power and communications, is an important element in investment decisions for both domestic and foreign investors. Government effort alone is not enough to meet the need for investments in modern infrastructure; public-private partnerships, especially those involving local providers and financiers, are critical for lowering costs and delivering value for money. In telecommunications, competition in the marketplace, along with sound regulation, is lowering costs, improving quality, and easing access to services around the globe. Comparable statistics on access, use, quality, and affordability of ICT are needed to formulate growth-enabling policies for the sector and to monitor and evaluate the sector's impact on development. Although basic access data are available for many countries, in most developing countries little is known about who uses ICT; what they are used for (school, work, business, research, government); and how they affect people and businesses. The global Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is helping to set standards, harmonize information and communications technology statistics, and build statistical capacity in developing countries. However, despite significant improvements in the developing world, the gap between the ICT haves and have-nots remains. There are several economic gains associated with broadband. For example, with DSL, users can use a single standard phone line for both voice and data services. This enables them to surf the Internet and call a friend at the same time - all using the same phone line. Broadband also enhances many Internet applications such as new e-government services like electronic tax filing, online health care services, e-learning and increased levels of electronic commerce. Access to telecommunication services rose on an unprecedented scale over the past two decades. This growth was driven primarily by wireless technologies and liberalization of telecommunications markets, which have enabled faster and less costly network rollout. Mobile communications have a particularly important impact in rural areas. The mobility, ease of use, flexible deployment, and relatively low and declining rollout costs of wireless technologies enable them to reach rural populations with low levels of income and literacy. The next billion mobile subscribers will consist mainly of the rural poor. Access is the key to delivering telecommunications services to people. If the service is not affordable to most people, goals of universal usage will not be met. Over the past decade new financing and technology, along with privatization and market liberalization, have spurred dramatic growth in telecommunications in many countries. With the rapid development of mobile telephony and the global expansion of the Internet, information and communication technologies are increasingly recognized as essential tools of development, contributing to global integration and enhancing public sector effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data are collected by national statistics offices through household surveys. Because survey questions and definitions differ, the estimates may not be strictly comparable across countries. Fixed broadband Internet includes cable modem, DSL, fibre and other fixed broadband technology (such as satellite broadband Internet, Ethernet LANs, fixed-wireless access, Wireless Local Area Network, WiMAX etc.). Subscribers with access to data communications (including the Internet) via mobile cellular networks are excluded. Advertised and real speeds can differ substantially. In some countries, regulatory authorities monitor the speed and quality of broadband services and oblige operators to provide accurate quality-of-service information to end users. Regional and global totals are calculated as unweighted sums of the country values. Regional and global penetration rates (per 100 inhabitants) are weighted averages of the country values weighted by the population of the countries/regions. Discrepancies between global and national figures may arise when countries use a different definition than the one used by ITU. Discrepancies may also arise in cases where the end of a fiscal year differs from that used by ITU, which is end of December of every year. A number of countries have fiscal years that end in March or June of every year.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data refer to subscriptions to high-speed access to the public Internet (a TCP/IP connection), at downstream speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s. This includes cable modem, DSL, fibre-to-the-home/building and other fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions. This total is measured irrespective of the method of payment. It excludes subscriptions that have access to data communications (including the Internet) via mobile-cellular networks. It excludes technologies listed under the wireless-broadband category. Fixed broadband Internet subscribers per 100 people is obtained by dividing the number of fixed broadband Internet subscribers by the population and then multiplying by 100.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Please cite the International Telecommunication Union for third-party use of these data.