Australian broadband use below OECD average

The number of Australian broadband subscribers has jumped 41 percent but is still below the OECD average.

A study of broadband penetration by the OECD found the number of broadband subscribers jumped to 2.18 million by the end of June, 41 percent higher than in December last year.

This has lifted Australia's ranking for broadband penetration among 30 OECD countries four places to 17th position.

The OECD said Australia now had 10.9 broadband subscribers for every 100 people, up from 7.7 last December.

However, Australia remains below the OECD average of 11.8 subscribers per 100 people.

Topping the league table was Korea with 25.5 subscribers per 100 people, followed by the Netherlands (22.5), Denmark (21.8), Iceland (21.7) and Switzerland (20.3).

Canada was in sixth spot, with Japan 11th, the US 12th, UK 13th and Greece last.

Telstra said while the OECD results were pleasing, the federal government needs to do more to help roll out more broadband services across Australia. Telstra failed in August to get the government to agree to help fund a $5.7 billion plan to roll out a world-class broadband network.

The head of Telstra's BigPond internet business, Justin Milne said Australia needs to at least beat the OECD average and that can only happen if broadband is made more accessible.

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