Broadband Quality Uncovered

High-quality broadband essential to growth of the world’s knowledge economies

September 12, 2008

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AMSTERDAM -- The results of a new study into the quality of broadband connections experienced by consumers in 42 countries were released today to highlight each nation’s current ability to benefit from next-generation web applications and services. The study, focusing on countries in Europe, North America, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICs), was conducted by a team of MBA students from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics, and sponsored by Cisco.

Sweden and The Netherlands had the best performing broadband connections in Europe, a result of increasing investments in fiber and cable network upgrades, coupled with competition diversity, and supported by strong government vision and policy. Over half of the 42 countries studied enjoyed broadband connections at the level of performance required to deliver a consistent quality experience for most common web applications today, but some major countries such as the UK, Spain and Italy on average fell just below this threshold. Japan, a nation that made an early commitment to investing in broadband as a source of competitive advantage, had by far the highest Broadband Quality score of the 42 countries studied and was the only country currently prepared to deliver the quality required for next-generation web applications over the next 3 to 5 years.

“The Broadband Quality study was developed on the premise that the new generation of web applications will rely on a higher level of performance of broadband connections,” explained Alastair Nicholson from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. “Average download speeds are adequate for web browsing, email and basic video downloading and streaming, but we are seeing more interactive applications, more user-generated content being uploaded and shared, and an increasing amount of high-quality video services becoming available. Moreover, because the study also found significant correlation between a nation’s broadband quality and its advancement as a knowledge economy [Based on the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Index which measures how each country uses knowledge efficiently to develop its economy], policy makers may need to consider how to create an environment to improve key broadband performance parameters in the future.”

University of Oxford

Universidad de Oviedo

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