Which countries come out on top for fibre broadband access?

Fibre broadband is the current pinnacle in terms of connections, but which countries are benefiting the most from the technology? Fibre broadband offers much-improved connection speeds when you compare it to DSL, or satellite connections, and fibre-to-the-home (where the cables run directly into your house rather than a cabinet) is growing increasingly popular.

Where is fibre broadband the most prevalent?

As customer and business demands are putting increasing pressure on providers to come up with the goods when it comes to a reliable and speedy fibre connection, it’s worth noting that according to the OECD Digital Economy Outlook for 2017[1], not all countries are equally reaping the benefits. As this infographic shows, fibre connections are coveted by many users but obtained by just a few.

South Korea comes out as number one in terms of fibre connectivity, with 30 fixed fibre connections available per person, Japan following suit with 22.9 connections per 100 people and Sweden rounding out the top three with 20.4 connections available per 100 people. It makes sense that South Korea takes the top spot, considering it is touted as the world leader for internet connectivity, boasting the fastest internet connection[2] in the world.

Chart detailing the availability of fibre broadband in OECD countries. Chart: Statista[3]

There’s a notable disparity between the top ten OECD countries with a good rate of fibre connectivity. Germany has a mere 0.7 connections per 100 inhabitants, and Ireland is conspicuously absent from the top ten leaderboard. Hopefully, the work being undertaken by companies and the Government in terms of the National Broadband Plan[4], as well as other initiatives can help us climb the rankings in the coming years.

Drop in DSL connections

The OECD report also noted the increasing offers around 1Gbps connection in terms of countries surveyed, particularly where there is fibre to the premises (or home) and upgraded cable broadband networks.

In December 2016, the OECD found that 43pc of total connections were DSL, compared to 56pc in December 2010, and the amount of fibre connections in December 2016 is sitting at 21.2pc.


  1. ^ OECD Digital Economy Outlook for 2017 (
  2. ^ fastest internet connection (
  3. ^ Statista (
  4. ^ National Broadband Plan (

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