International Technology Statistics

Color Coding Key
GREEN Ranked 1st for statistic
RED Ranked last for statistic

As the expansion of technology has come to imply more opportunities for education, the United States, a presumed leader, has surprisingly fallen behind in two key international statistics: internet users and broadband subscribers per 100 persons.

  Technology expenditure Personal computers per 100 persons Internet users per 100 persons Mobile broadband subscribers per 100 persons Fixed broadband subscribers per 100 persons Broadband performance rates
Australia 2.3 60.3 82.3 96.2 25.1 69.5
Canada 2.0 94.5 86.8 50.0 32.9 101.0
Denmark 3.0 54.9 93.0 87.5 38.2 175.0
France 2.2 63.1 83.0 52.2 37.8 84.6
Germany 2.8 65.6 84.0 41.0 34.0 75.5
Italy 1.3 36.7 58.0 51.8 22.1 76.2
Japan 3.4 40.7 79.1 113.1 27.9 33.0
Netherlands 1.8 91.2 93.0 61.0 39.4 172.9
Norway 1.8 62.9 95.0 84.6 36.9 189.1
Sweden 3.6 88.1 94.0 101.3 32.2 279.8
United Kingdom 1.8 80.2 87.0 72.0 34.0 188.9
United States 2.8 80.6 81.0 74.7 28.0 62.3


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Technology expenditure View Graphical Data

As a percent of GDP for most recent year (2005-10). Current and capital expenditures (both public and private) on creative work undertaken systematically to increase knowledge and the use of knowledge for new applications. It covers basic research, applied research and experimental development.

Personal computers View Graphical Data

Personal computers per 100 persons for most recent year (2002-9).

**The newest Human Development Report does not cover this topic as they change their objectives slightly with every new report. The data shown is from 2010

View Global Competitiveness Report from WEF

Internet users per 100 persons View Graphical Data

For 2012 or most recent year.

Mobile broadband subscribers per 100 persons View Graphical Data

For 2012 or most recent year.

Fixed broadband subscribers per 100 persons View Graphical Data

For 2012 or most recent year.

Broadband performance rates View Graphical Data

For 2012 or most recent year. Measured in kilobites downloaded per second per user.


"U.S. Struggles to Keep Pace in Delivering Broadband Service," Edward Wyatt

New York Times, Dec. 29, 2013. U.S. now ranks 35th in broadband performance rates. Other U.S. peer countries treat broadband internet access as invaluable commodity.

"Commercialising Public Research: New Trends and Strategies," OECD

2013. Innovation systems are highly impacted by public research organizations (public research instutes and research universities). The OECD, admitting the difficulty of quantifying the impact of public research but still contending that its impact is evidently significant enough, attempts to distinguish which comercialization processes and mainstream technology transfer practices are most effective. The evolving study could have broad implications on research and development.

"U.S. drops to 15th in web service," Peter Svensson

AP/SF Chronicle, Oct. 31, 2007. Table from OECD, which excludes work and college dormitory access. Also:

  • U.S. 15th place for broadband lines per person
  • Several European countries forced phone companies to rent lines to ISPs at low fees to provide broadband DSL.
  • Lower 48 states in the U.S. have satellite broadband, but it is expensive and slow
  • Point-Topic Ltd., a British data firm, puts the US in 17th place, with 55% of households connected; Canada at 65%
  • In South Korea the average apartment can get broadband access 15 times faster than typical US.
  • US cable infrastructure can support more fast internet access.
  • Verizon is investing $23 billion in super-fast fiber-optic connections to houses.

"The French Connections," Paul Krugman

New York Times, July 23, 2007.

  • Broadband in France is on average more than 3 times faster than in the U.S., and it is cheaper.
  • French used judicial regulation to promote competition, U.S. has cable and phone monopolies.
  • Japanese connections are 12 times faster than US.

The Europeans have used anti-trust regulation to prevent utility monopoly and create competition while the US has allowed monopoly in the name of free enterprise.