optical fiber doubles the cable for fixed internet access

OECD: when the fiber exceeds the cable.

Fiber optics has for the first time overtaken cable to become the main fixed broadband Internet access technology in the 38 member countries of the OECD. Now, at the end of 2021, some 34.9% of fixed broadband subscriptions go through the glass strand!

Fiber optic subscriptions increased by 18.6% in the year ending December 2021. They overtook cable, which now represents 32.4% of fixed broadband subscriptions and the various “traditional” technologies of the DSL type, in constant decline, which now represent only 27%.

Up to more than 70% in some countries…

The strongest growth was recorded in Costa Rica, Israel, Greece and Belgium, all of which increased the number of fiber optic connections by more than 80% in 2021, according to this statement from the Organization for Cooperation and Development. economic development (OECD). A value to put into perspective since some countries, digitally up to date, have almost entirely connected homes to fiber and are therefore only close to 5%, like South Korea.

The share of fiber in total broadband broadband connections is now equal to or greater than 50% in 13 OECD countries, exceeding 50% in Chile, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, New Zealand and Portugal, and exceeding the value of 70% in Iceland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and Sweden.

Fiber optics: Switzerland lagging behind.

Switzerland below average

Compared to all fixed broadband subscriptions, the optical fiber penetration rate thus peaked at nearly 87% in South Korea at the end of 2021, at more than 83% in Japan and at nearly 80% in Spain, Sweden or Lithuania. In Switzerland, for comparison, we were trailing at just under 25%. That said, there are even worse such as the 7% of Italy, the approximately 5% of Germany or the 3% of Austria. In France, we were profiled at 46%.

What to think? Beware of hasty interpretations. Indeed, Switzerland is still quite well positioned in terms of speed thanks to good cable coverage and regularly optimized DSL technologies. The fact remains that while France has announced its intention to put an end to copper, we continue to tinker in Switzerland, which still suffers from major competition problems, as generally noted by the police in this area…

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All broadband penetration data, graphs and maps by country on the OECD website.

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