A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that surveyed broadband usage in 30 of the world’s most developed countries has revealed wide-ranging differences in prices and speeds. Countries that have adopted fibre networks offer users the best speeds at the lowest prices.
Broadband users in Japan are able to experience of speeds of 100Mbps, 10 times higher than the OECD average. Japan also boasts the lowest price for broadband per megabit per second at $0.22 (€0.16). The most expensive is found in Turkey at $81.13.
Sweden, Korea and Finland all offer connections in excess of 100Mbps. It is Sweden that also has the cheapest entry-level broadband connection at $10.70 per month. The US is on $15.93 and the Netherlands $16.85. However, the UK does not even make the top ten.
The figures were current in October 2006.