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 48.22 2016
2 Switzerland 46.27 2016
3 Denmark 42.75 2016
4 Liechtenstein 42.41 2016
5 France 42.35 2016
6 Netherlands 42.16 2016
7 Korea 41.13 2016
8 Cayman Islands 40.44 2016
9 Norway 40.37 2016
10 Andorra 39.82 2016
11 Malta 39.62 2016
12 United Kingdom 39.18 2016
13 Germany 38.05 2016
14 Belgium 38.01 2016
15 Iceland 37.62 2016
16 San Marino 37.57 2016
17 Canada 37.27 2016
18 Luxembourg 36.73 2016
19 Sweden 36.28 2016
20 Hong Kong SAR, China 35.46 2016
21 Belarus 33.30 2016
22 Cyprus 33.03 2016
23 Greece 32.51 2016
24 New Zealand 32.40 2016
25 United States 32.37 2016
26 Portugal 31.82 2016
27 Japan 31.47 2016
28 Finland 31.22 2016
29 Estonia 31.07 2016
30 Australia 30.44 2016
31 Barbados 30.08 2016
32 Macao SAR, China 30.00 2016
33 Spain 29.45 2016
34 Austria 29.38 2016
35 St. Kitts and Nevis 29.31 2016
36 Lithuania 28.70 2016
37 Ireland 28.48 2016
38 Hungary 28.46 2016
39 Slovenia 28.25 2016
40 Israel 28.13 2016
41 Czech Republic 27.65 2016
42 Uruguay 26.79 2016
43 Latvia 25.64 2016
44 Lebanon 25.62 2016
45 Singapore 25.45 2016
46 Italy 25.43 2016
47 Croatia 24.62 2016
48 Slovak Republic 24.47 2016
49 Bulgaria 23.25 2016
50 China 22.90 2016
51 The Bahamas 21.99 2016
52 Dominica 21.21 2016
53 New Caledonia 21.04 2015
54 Romania 20.68 2016
55 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 19.99 2016
56 Russia 19.47 2016
57 Grenada 19.45 2016
58 Poland 19.22 2016
59 Serbia 18.95 2016
60 Trinidad and Tobago 18.94 2016
61 Puerto Rico 18.68 2016
62 Azerbaijan 18.58 2016
63 Montenegro 18.48 2016
64 Macedonia 17.88 2016
65 Greenland 17.46 2015
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.37 2016
67 Argentina 16.94 2016
68 Mauritius 16.90 2016
69 Bahrain 16.82 2016
70 Moldova 16.33 2016
71 Chile 15.97 2016
72 St. Lucia 15.93 2016
73 Georgia 15.81 2016
74 Seychelles 14.90 2016
75 Kazakhstan 13.68 2016
76 Turkey 13.55 2016
77 United Arab Emirates 13.30 2016
78 Brazil 12.97 2016
79 Suriname 12.88 2016
80 Mexico 12.67 2016
81 Ukraine 11.99 2016
82 Colombia 11.80 2016
83 Costa Rica 11.59 2016
84 Iran 11.58 2016
85 Saudi Arabia 10.81 2016
86 Qatar 10.77 2016
87 Thailand 10.69 2016
88 Armenia 10.13 2016
89 Jamaica 10.12 2016
90 Tuvalu 10.06 2016
91 Antigua and Barbuda 9.99 2016
92 Vietnam 9.91 2016
93 Ecuador 9.74 2016
94 Panama 9.55 2016
95 Nauru 9.48 2010
96 Uzbekistan 9.13 2016
97 Malaysia 8.74 2016
98 Brunei 8.33 2016
99 Venezuela 8.23 2016
100 Albania 8.23 2016
101 Guyana 7.64 2016
102 Mongolia 7.63 2016
103 Algeria 6.92 2016
104 Peru 6.72 2016
105 Dominican Republic 6.47 2016
106 Oman 6.19 2016
107 Belize 6.19 2016
108 El Salvador 6.01 2016
109 Jordan 5.84 2016
110 Palau 5.75 2015
111 Tunisia 5.65 2016
112 Philippines 5.46 2016
113 Egypt 5.20 2016
114 Sri Lanka 4.10 2016
115 Kyrgyz Republic 4.08 2016
116 Syrian Arab Republic 4.01 2016
117 Bhutan 3.94 2016
118 Bangladesh 3.77 2016
119 Morocco 3.65 2016
120 Paraguay 3.35 2016
121 Guatemala 3.04 2016
122 Cabo Verde 3.03 2016
123 Djibouti 2.96 2016
124 Botswana 2.85 2016
125 South Africa 2.84 2016
126 Tonga 2.80 2016
127 Nicaragua 2.79 2016
128 Kuwait 2.76 2016
129 Libya 2.64 2016
130 Bolivia 2.57 2016
131 Honduras 2.56 2016
132 Namibia 2.19 2016
133 Indonesia 1.89 2016
134 Yemen 1.65 2016
135 Vanuatu 1.63 2016
136 India 1.44 2016
137 Fiji 1.37 2016
138 Samoa 1.23 2016
139 Zimbabwe 1.10 2016
140 Pakistan 0.86 2016
141 Benin 0.81 2016
142 Somalia 0.80 2016
143 Nepal 0.78 2016
144 Gabon 0.73 2016
145 São Tomé and Principe 0.69 2016
146 Senegal 0.64 2016
147 Côte d'Ivoire 0.63 2016
148 Togo 0.61 2016
149 Cambodia 0.61 2016
150 Ethiopia 0.55 2016
151 Swaziland 0.54 2016
152 Angola 0.52 2016
153 Equatorial Guinea 0.49 2016
154 Comoros 0.36 2016
155 Lao PDR 0.34 2016
156 Kenya 0.33 2016
157 Ghana 0.31 2016
158 Uganda 0.26 2016
159 Mauritania 0.25 2016
160 Tanzania 0.25 2016
161 Papua New Guinea 0.22 2016
162 Solomon Islands 0.21 2016
163 Zambia 0.20 2016
164 Cameroon 0.19 2016
165 The Gambia 0.18 2016
166 Liberia 0.17 2016
167 Rwanda 0.17 2016
168 Mozambique 0.14 2016
169 Cuba 0.13 2016
170 Lesotho 0.10 2016
171 Timor-Leste 0.09 2016
172 Chad 0.07 2016
173 Kiribati 0.07 2016
174 Turkmenistan 0.07 2016
175 Tajikistan 0.07 2016
176 Niger 0.07 2016
177 Sudan 0.06 2016
178 Madagascar 0.06 2016
179 Myanmar 0.06 2016
180 Malawi 0.05 2016
181 Burkina Faso 0.05 2016
182 Guinea-Bissau 0.04 2016
183 Burundi 0.04 2016
184 Mali 0.03 2016
185 Afghanistan 0.03 2016
186 Central African Republic 0.02 2016
187 Nigeria 0.01 2016
188 Haiti 0.01 2016
189 Congo 0.01 2014
190 Iraq 0.01 2010
191 Guinea 0.01 2016
192 Eritrea 0.01 2016
193 Dem. Rep. Congo 0.00 2016

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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.