According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report published Sunday, South Korea's high-speed Internet penetration rate topped 100 percent for the first time among the group's 34 nations.
The OECD published data in a report this weekend that highlights worldwide wireless broadband subscriptions and the average domestic high-speed Internet penetration rate. It also looked at high-speed Internet subscriptions for mobile devices.
On a global scale, the number of wireless broadband users is up 13 percent from more than a year ago for a total of 667 million (590 million in June 2011). The OECD gave the No. 1 spot to South Korea and is the very first OECD country to surpass the 100 percent mark.
Data from the agency points out that there are 100.6 subscriptions for every 100 people (due to the number of technological outlets not because of more Internet subscribers than people) and 47.6 mobile subscriptions for every 100 citizens. The Asian country’s rate is up from 89.8 percent from the year prior.
South Korea edged out Sweden, which garnered 98 percent, followed by Finland with 87.8 percent, Japan with 82.4 percent, Denmark with 81.5 percent, Norway with 77.9 percent and the United States with 76.1 percent.
This report suggested that Mexico, Turkey and Hungary were at the bottom as they garnered 7.7 percent, 8.9 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively.
Both analysts and market experts say the high-speed Internet penetration rate is due to the extension of smartphones, reports the Korean Herald (via Google Translate). Furthermore, South Korea’s fast networks have permitted applications to become the precedent for much of the smartphone users.
Meanwhile, Switzerland was on the top of the list for fixed broadband Internet. The report showed that the European nation had 39.9 subscribers for everyone 100 inhabitants, while Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9) followed.
Chile (11.1), Mexico (10.3) and Turkey (10.1) were last on the list.