The latest OECD broadband league shows Ireland in 23rd place with a 12.5% penetration rate.

This still lags behind the 16.9% average for the 30 member countries and the EU 15 average of 18.6%.

The UK now has a 21.6% broadband rate and in France there are 20.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

However, the report shows that Ireland made progress last year, as in December 2005 the country had a broadband rate of just 6.7%.

The figures show Ireland had stronger broadband growth rates than every other EU country last year, with subscribers standing at 517,300 in December 2006.

The report shows Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand had the biggest growth with each adding over 5.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in 2006.