Time for an update methinks?
Official broadband statistics published by EU, OECD, ITU and individual countries are based on broadband definitions almost as old as the Internet.
|EU||144 kbps download|
|OECD||256 kbps download|
|ITU||256 kbps download|
The consequences of the low thresholds is obvious: Indicators like broadband penetration – i.e. broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants – is no longer a useful indicator of a country’s digital readiness. The broadband threshold should reflect the actual requirements of today’s Internet users. An outdated broadband definition makes official statistics less relevant for policy makers, regulators and the wider public.
However, redefining broadband as an Internet connection with a speed of minimum 30 Mbps is probably not a feasible solution. The EU Commission define broadband connections of min. 30 Mbps as NGA, thus, implying that it is connections with speeds superior to narrowband connections (less than 144 kbps) as well as basic broadband connections (min. 144…
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