Sixty per cent of US households accessed the Internet via broadband in 2008, according to a report published by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, compared to 95 per cent of South Korean households. This number puts the US in 20th place out of 58 leading countries worldwide.
Five of the top ten scorers in the Strategy Analytics rankings are Asian countries, underlining the rapid broadband growth in the region. The firm predicts that the subscriber base in the Asia Pacific Region will grow on average by a further 15 per cent a year between 2009 and 2013.
South Korea's dominance in broadband penetration is attributable in part to its highly urbanised population, as well as to the existence of a comprehensive government-backed broadband policy.