International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has just released its new statistics on global broadband penetration per 100 inhabitants as of 1 January 2006. Iceland has taken over as this year’s leader from Korea with Netherlands, Denmark and Hong Kong, China rounding out the top five.
The International Telecommunication Union defines “A Broadband Internet subscriber” as someone
who pays for high-speed access to the public Internet (a TCP/IP connection). Highspeed access is defined as being equal to, or greater than 256 kbit/s, as the sum of the capacity in both directions.
The number of broadband subscribers refers to the number of active registered Internet accounts including all fixed network broadband access technologies: digital subscriber line services (DSL), cable modem services, satellite broadband Internet, fibre-to-the-home Internet access, Ethernet LANs, wireless local area network (WLAN) services etc. Broadband Internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants is obtained by dividing the number of Broadband Internet subscribers by the population and multiplying by 100.