Broadband tariff benchmarking - current market trends

Point Topic has just published it's latest set of global broadband tariff benchmarks. Now based on more than 240 operators worldwide it gives an unparalleled overview of the tariff market trends across the three primary broadband technologies - DSL, cable and FTTx.

South East Asia (China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan etc.) has the lowest residential DSL rental of US$19 per month, half of the cost, US$38.5, of those reported in the Asia Pacific region (Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan etc.).

"This is primarily due to the rather slow connection speed and hence low tariff DSL services offered by China Telecom," says Vince Chook, Point Topic Analyst, "the average DSL download speed in the South East Asia region is about 1,700Kbps, compared to 7,700Kbps in the Asia Pacific region."

For comparison in other regions the average residential DSL charges per month are:

- Western Europe: US$49.3

- Eastern Europe: US$39.8

- North America: US$50.3

- Latin America: US$65.6

- Middle East: US$52.3

"Again there are variations in the average download speeds available in the separate regions," cautions Chook.

Cable tariffs follow much the same pattern, on average they are fastest in Asia Pacific and cheapest in South East Asia. Again there is an average speed differential, even more marked than in the DSL cases.

An interesting variation on this theme is in the FTTx arena.

"While Eastern Europe is the cheapest place to rent a fibre line, US$30.8 per month, they are generally FTTB (fibre to the building) lines which are then shared between multiple units, which results in an average speed of 40Mbps," says Chook, "Asia Pacific meanwhile offers an average of 100Mbps for US$37.8."

"The rest of the world is at least twice as expensive on average for FTTx services but we expect to these numbers come down as planned implementations, in France in particular, come online," concludes Chook.