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Asia Outranks Europe in Ovum Broadband Index
Source: totaltele.com
Source Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Created: Oct 27, 2014

Developed Asia leads the world in terms of fixed and mobile broadband uptake, and will continue to do so for the next five years, claimed Ovum this week.

The research firm on Tuesday launched its Broadband Development Index, which measures the rate of adoption of basic and high-speed broadband services in 191 countries. It works by awarding points for the uptake of basic fixed and mobile Internet services in a given market. A higher number of points are awarded for connections to advanced services such as fibre, VDSL, DOCSIS 3.0 and LTE.

"Previous country-by-country comparisons of broadband connectivity have focused on basic broadband connectivity and on fixed rather than mobile telecommunications," said Milena Cooper, senior financial analyst at Ovum, in a statement. "We wanted to find a way to include both fixed and mobile broadband because in many emerging markets mobile is the de facto broadband technology."

Based on Ovum's new rating system, South Korea comes out on top, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong and then Japan. The U.S. ranks eighth, behind the U.A.E and ahead of Canada in ninth. Norway is the only European country to scrape into the top 10 (see chart).

"In practice, those countries that score highly on fast fixed broadband do likewise for mobile broadband," said Cooper.

Looking ahead to 2019, and Ovum predicts the same countries will occupy the top four places. However, Europe will perform better, with the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden joining Norway, which is expected to rise from 10th to sixth. The U.S. is expected to fall out of the top 10 altogether.

(By Nick Wood)
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