South Korea tops new broadband index

16 March 2011 |

South Korea has topped the new worldwide government broadband index (GBBi), formed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The new GBBi index assesses countries based on government planning for next-generation broadband, rather than current broadband capability. The index compares speed, cost, roll-out and regulations. South Korea ranked the highest because of its government’s plans to improve speed and coverage while spending less than 1% of the annual budget. South Korea, Japan and Singapore all ranked highly because of their high-speed broadband and their target to provide 1Gbps services to more than 90% of households within the next two to five years.

Australia falls into the latter half of the index due to expensive plans for a new National Broadband Network that will cost the government 7.6% of the annual budget.