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More mobile gadgets than people

OECD study reveals wireless broadband penetration of over 100 percent


There are now more mobile devices than people in Denmark (Photo: Colourbox)

July 24, 2014
07:48

by Jessica Wells


According to a new report by the OECD, Denmark is one of seven countries that now has more mobile gadgets than people.

The study of 37 OECD countries, which was released on Tuesday, revealed that Finland, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the United States all had a wireless broadband penetration of over 100 percent. There has been more than one wireless subscription per person since December 2013.

Demand for more devices

The OECD argues that the increase in wireless broadband subscriptions is due to the number of devices a person now owns that have access to the internet, with many having different devices for their personal and work use being one of the leading causes for the increase in wireless penetration.

At the top of the table for wireless penetration is Finland with 123.3 percent, while Denmark occupied the middle of the top group with 107.3 percent.

The United States only just made the table, with a penetration of 100.7 percent, but its large population in comparison to the other six countries ranks it as the country with the most devices in absolute terms.

The study shows that wireless penetration has risen to 72.4 percent with total subscriptions growing 14.6 percent over the 37 countries examined.

Wired subscriptions were also investigated and the study shows that they had only 27 percent penetration.

Switzerland led in the wired broadband penetration table with 44.9 percent, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark at 40.4 and 40 percent respectively.




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