Broadband penetration and GDP: where SA ranks

The OECD recently released its latest broadband statistics, revealing that South Africa ranks lower than all OECD countries when looking at broadband penetration and GDP.

South Africa currently has 827,091 fixed broadband subscribers (ADSL subscribers), translating into a fixed-broadband penetration rate of 1.7% (subscribers per 100 inhabitants). South Africa’s broadband penetration rate is significantly lower than the OECD average of 25.6 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

According to the OECD, Switzerland tops the OECD fixed broadband ranking for the first time with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9).

The following graph shows the broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants based on technology. It should be noted that SA’s number is for March 2012.

OECD Fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011
OECD Fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by technology, December 2011

Broadband penetration and GDP

The OECD also released its latest broadband penetration and GDP figures, showing that there is a correlation (simple correlation = 0.65) between the GDP of a country and the number of broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

South Africa, with a 1.7% fixed broadband penetration rate and a GDP per capita (USD, PPP) of 11,000, shows a very low broadband subscription rate for its GDP.

The following graph shows the broadband penetration and GDP for OECD nations.

Broadband penetration and GDP
Broadband penetration and GDP

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