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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017

The digital transformation

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With some 200 indicators, the 2017 edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard shows how the digital transformation affects science, innovation, the economy, and the way people work and live. It aims to help governments design more effective science, innovation and industry policies in the fast-changing digital era.

The charts and underlying data in this publication are available for download and over half the indicators contain additional data expanding the time and/or country coverage of the print edition.

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Science, innovation and the digital revolution

Fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions continue to grow apace. The number of worldwide fixed broadband subscriptions increased by 72% in the last ten years, from 531.8 million in 2010 to 916.7 million in 2016. In OECD countries, fixed broadband subscriptions increased from 307.3 million in 2010 to 386.8 million in 2016, an increase of 26%. Mobile broadband growth by far outstripped fixed broadband with worldwide subscriptions increasing from 824.5 million in 2010 to 3 864 million in 2016. At the end of 2016, just over half the world’s population had a mobile broadband subscription. By way of contrast, the average for OECD countries was 99.3%. The pace of change can be rapid, however. Mobile broadband subscriptions in non-OECD countries registered a nine-fold increase over the last decade, with India adding almost 100 million broadband subscriptions in 2016 alone.

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