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posted on 25 February 2016

United States Lags Behind In Fiber Optic Penetration

by Felix Richter,

With more than 100 million broadband subscriptions, the United States has the highest number of broadband users among all OECD countries.

However, in terms of average connection speeds, the U.S. has been lagging behind other countries for years. or years. Despite initiatives such as Google Fiber which brings super-fast fiber connections to a number of major American cities, U.S. households aren't switching to high-speed internet as quickly as might be expected.

According to OECD data, the U.S. only ranks 18th in terms of fiber broadband penetration among all OECD countries. With just 9.4 percent of broadband subscriptions featuring a super-quick fiber connection, the United States lags far behind countries such as Japan and South Korea where fiber connections account for roughly 70 percent of broadband subscriptions.

As bandwidth-intensive online activities such as streaming high definition video become more and more popular, it can be expected that fiber connections will rise in popularity and gradually replace slower copper-wiring.

This chart shows the percentage of fiber connections in total broadband subscriptions in OECD countries.

Infographic: United States Lags Behind in Fiber Optic Penetration | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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