May 19, 2020

Top 10 countries by mobile data usage per subscription

South Korea
Jonathan Dyble
3 min

At the turn of the year, mobile broadband penetration in the OECD area reached 99.3% of the 1.28bn inhabitants, up from the 91% recorded a year earlier.

Furthermore, not only is coverage improving, but so too the quality of mobile broadband, with many countries beginning to switch off the two-decade old 2G networks as 3G and 4G become more prominent, whilst the introduction of 5G becomes more imminent by the day.

As a result, people have greater access to and are using mobile broadband more than ever before, at cheaper rates than ever before, as firms compete to secure the most contracts. With these things in mind, mobile data usage has significantly increased in recent times.

The figures released in the OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017 rank countries in the OECD region by mobile data usage in gigabytes per month (Gbpm), per mobile broadband subscription.

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