Broadband subscriptions rose worldwide by 3.27 percent in 2012, according to data released by the OECD on Thursday. Fiber subscriptions rose by 12.7 percent to make up 14.9 percent of total broadband subscriptions.
Countries with the highest fixed broadband penetration include Switzerland at 43.4 percent, Netherlands at 39.7 and Denmark at 38.8. The OECD average rose to 26.3 lines per 100 inhabitants, for a total of over 327 million subscriptions.
Fiber subscriptions represent the majority of fixed broadband in Japan and Korea, and several Northern and Eastern European countries top 30 percent. Meanwhile other countries with relatively large broadband penetration, such as Canada, Australia, and Germany continue to have low ratios of fiber technology usage.
Wireless broadband increased by 13.8 percent to 62.75 lines per 100 inhabitants, with four countries tallying more than one broadband subscriber per capita. Total wireless broadband subscriptions in the OECD area surpassed 780 million in 2012.
As high speed connections reach greater numbers of customers, average connection speeds continue to rise, according to an Akamai study released early in 2013. Hosting and colocation services therefore must not only handle an increased number of requests, they must do so faster in order to meet the expectations of broadband subscribers.
The improvement in broadband reach roughly coincides with growth in the web server market, which has been fast enough that even gaining millions of hostnames can lead to decreased market share.