Iceland tops broadband charts

Fresh broadband-usage figures released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have placed Iceland in the number one spot with 26.7 subscribers to broadband internet per 100 inhabitants.

In hot pursuit of the title are Korea (25.4), the Netherlands (25.3), Denmark (25) and Switzerland (23.1). The USA ranked 12th with 16.8, just ahead of the UK's 15.9.

On the lower end of the scale is Greece, ranked 30th with 1.4 per 100 inhabitants - just below Turkey's 2.1.

On the technological front Japan succeeds in the greatest number of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) subscribers, with over 4.6 million whilst its Asian neighbour Korea experienced a 52.4% growth in fibre-based users during 2005.

The USA leads in terms of sheer volume of broadband users, weighing in at a collossal 49 million whilst just over the border Canada leads the G7 countries with 21.9 users per 100.

The OECD is made up of 30 countries committed to democratic government and the market economy, best known for its publications and statistics.

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