By the end of 2010, Wireless subscriptions reached half a billion globally. This means a 10% increase when compared to June 2010, according to the data gathered by the OECD. They have suggested that the main contributor to this growth is the increasing usage and popularity of portable internet devices and suggested that the growth was driven by the popularity of mobile broadband, smartphones and tablets.
Global subscriptions in different nations can depend on the countries infastructure and people’s requirements/trends. The Netherlands and Switzerland were the nations with the most fixed-line broadband subscriptions with 38.1 subscriptions per 100 homes. Korea are the leaders for wireless subscriptions. 89.8 per 100 people have wireless, followed by France – 84.8 and Sweden – 82.9. In the UK, it’s a lot lower with only around 40% for wireless broadband subscriptions.
In summary, the OECD average for wireless connections was 41.6% which meant that there are a total of 512 million connections. Considering the global financial crisis the OECD noted that overall broadband subscriptions have seen growth. The success is likely to be down to the growing popularity of broadband packages as bundles which will include home broadband, home phone and digital TV. In contrast however, fixed-line broadband has only seen a 6% increase which is the lowest growth over the last 10+ years.
Wireless could prove to rise even more in popularity since the Wi-Fi Alliance has teamed up with the Wireless Broadband Alliance to develop standards for roaming broadband services which will make it easier for people to connect anywhere in the world.
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