Broadband wars: the OECD's international broadband arms race

16 May 2007

This report analyses the factual and statistical accuracy of data used to compile the OECD's regular broadband "league table". Key conclusions include:

• In 28 out of 30 OECD nations, the OECD's reported data differs from information from sources such as national statisticians and telecommunications regulators;

• Many OECD countries do not collect broadband speed breakdowns;
• OECD country broadband data includes a mix of residential, business and combination of both - but not "corporate" connections;
• The Penetration of Broadband Per 100 Households is more meaningful;
• Assessment of Individual access and use of broadband at home and work is perhaps the best way of comparing BB take-up across countries
• The differences between individual nations are often smaller than the statistical errors likely to occur in broadband adoption data;
• Measuring broadband by individual adoption ignores demographic differences between countries (such as household size); and
• "Banded" rankings are a more statistically rigorous mechanism for ranking broadband take-up.

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