DSL outpaces cable in broadband price war

Prices for access falling across the board but cable lagging behind in cost terms

The latest research into worldwide broadband prices shows DSL prices are falling much faster than cable internet access since this time last year.

The survey, carried out by analysts at PointTopic, found worldwide DSL prices fell by an average of 9.3 per cent, over double the 4.5 per cent fall in cable costs. The price falls were even more extreme in some areas.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"Among the 18 DSL operators included in Point Topic's tariff benchmark survey, 5 of them (primarily in North America and EMEA) reduced their monthly tariffs by up to 50 per cent," said the analysts in their "Broadband tariff benchmarks - Q206" report.

"Bell Canada was the only operator increased its entry level package up by 16.9 per cnet. This is due to a service upgrade of its 256Kbps BASIC package to a faster 1Mbps download speed. Overall, the average DSL monthly tariff was US$27.44 with Chunghwa (Taiwan) still being rated as the cheapest DSL provider."

Meanwhile prices remained unchanged at the premium end of the market. Costs for Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) or Fibre to the Home (FTTH) remained unchanged at a little over $35 per month. FTTP gives much faster internet access than traditional connections by using optical fibre but the report found in some parts of the world it is actually cheaper than the local cable provider.

Featured Resources

Navigating the new normal: A fast guide to remote working

A smooth transition will support operations for years to come

Download now

Putting a spotlight on cyber security

An examination of the current cyber security landscape

Download now

The economics of infrastructure scalability

Find the most cost-effective and least risky way to scale

Download now

IT operations overload hinders digital transformation

Clearing the path towards a modernised system of agreement

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/laptops/29190/how-to-find-ram-speed-size-and-type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/data-protection/356344/eu-institutions-warned-against-purchasing-any-further
data protection

EU institutions told to avoid Microsoft software after licence spat

3 Jul 2020
Visit/mobile/mobile-phones/356335/the-man-has-ruined-my-huawei-p40
Mobile Phones

The Man has ruined my Huawei P40

3 Jul 2020