Broadband in the world: Korea tops 100 percent of high-speed Internet penetration

South Korea is the first member of OECD to reach the maximum coverage of Internet penetration rate.

Broadband in the world: Korea tops 100 percent of high-speed Internet penetration

South Korea tops the charts for wireless broadband subscribers, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The penetration rate of high-speed wireless Internet service in South Korea amounted to 100.6% as of the end of last year, the highest among the 34 members of the Paris-based club of advanced economies, according to the OECD report.

The country is the first to pass 100 percent penetration for wireless broadband, according to data from the organization: worldwide wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries have shown healthy growth of over 13 percent in the last six months, and now total 667 million, up from 590 million in June 2011.  South Korea is marginally ahead of Sweden, which the OECD said had 98 wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Finland followed with 87.8 and Japan managed to secure 82.4 — the highest rankings out of all the member countries. At the bottom of the high-speed rankings were Mexico, Turkey and Hungary, scoring 7.7, 8.9 and 12.9 percent respectively.

High-speed wireless Internet services include those provided by third-generation and fourth-generation smartphones, the wireless broadband (WiBro) and wireless fidelity (WiFi).

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