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2007 to see FTTx subscribers up and costs down

"We think that 2007 will be the year of FTTx, at least as far as tariffs go", says Vince Chook, Research Analyst at Point Topic. "As the demand for bandwidth keeps on growing with the increasing uptake of IPTV, VoIP and other high bandwidth services the conditions look right both for increased deployment of FTTx and downward price pressure," continues Chook.

"For example Chunghwa in Taiwan has grown its FTTB (fibre to the building) subscribers from Q2 to Q3 2006 by 55% well above the current growth rates for DSL and cable."

"And FTTx pricing is pretty competitive too, you can get 50Mbps from Korea Telecom for as little as US$40/month."

From our representative sample (some tracked since March 2000) Point Topic is able to reveal the changes over time in the absolute and comparative prices of cable, DSL and FTTx (fibre to the ‘x’).

"Q306 was a quiet quarter in tariff terms, FTTx and DSL prices are pretty stable at the moment and while a number of cable operators have been introducing cheaper entry level services they come with download limits that exclude them from our analysis," concludes Chook.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.