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Mobile broadband subscriptions up

THE NUMBER of mobile broadband subscriptions grew to nearly 700 million within countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as of June 2012.

THE NUMBER of mobile broadband subscriptions grew to nearly 700 million within countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as of June 2012.

Mobile broadband has experienced healthy growth of 18 percent in the last 12 months, largely driven by continuing strong demand for tablets and smartphones, the OECD stated in February.

South Korea and Sweden top the table, being the only two countries with more wireless broadband subscriptions than inhabitants. Slovakia, with its population of 5.4 million, reported 1.97 million mobile broadband subscriptions.

Fixed wired broadband subscriptions reached 321 million in the OECD area in June 2012, for an average penetration of 26 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. This was a 1.4 percent-increase over the previous six months. New Zealand (+4.6 percent) and Chile (+3.9 percent) experienced the highest growth, whereas Poland’s (-2.1 percent) and Iceland’s (-0.6 percent) penetration slightly decreased. Slovakia reported 771,638 fixed wired broadband subscriptions.

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