Update: Folks, all of you who have responded to the call, my heartfelt gratitude. It is nice to see so many believers who agree that we need an independent resource that collects all the information. Special thanks to Ross Mayfield of Social Text, who has set […]

Update: Folks, all of you who have responded to the call, my heartfelt gratitude. It is nice to see so many believers who agree that we need an independent resource that collects all the information. Special thanks to Ross Mayfield of Social Text, who has set up a private wiki, just so we can get started.

He pointed me to a Wiki by Loic, which is a good guiding light for us. With the help of Nik Cubrilovic, Alajandro Panizza, and Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz we have Australia, Uruguay, and France profiles ready already. Mark Evans sent us a profile of Canada. Folks from Israel, Malaysia, Switzerland, India and Pakistan are also hard at work. Who knew I had readers in Romania. I think if we can keep building the momentum like this, we should be done soon. :-)

Venkatesh, has decided to help out with building a Google Map-based broadband profile of the help. Anders is going to craft an image. The wiki should go is public hopefully by end of the day, and I am going to link it from GigaOM. Maybe we can can all link to “Planet Broadband” Sticker (Need help with that since I am a design klutz.) The big question is: should we continue to do it on SocialText, or Should I set-up a Media Wiki on BroadbandBlog.com, which is a domain I have sitting idle. The third option is use a blogging tool. I am willing to go with the community decision on this, since in the end you are the folks who have the power. Please let me know what you think.

Folks, I am undertaking a big project for which I need your help. A lot of help. I have an idea to do a “broadband profile” of the planet. What I would like to do is find contributors who are kind enough to write 250 words about the broadband situation in their country. In addition, I would love to get a list of:
1. Key Broadband Players
2. Main Access Technologies, like cable, or DSL
3. The price of bandwidth per megabit
4. Average Speeds available to consumers.
5. Anything else including links to some of the better blog posts about the “broadband situation” in that country.

You can email the information to me directly, or simply, use the contact form to get in touch. I will do the editing etc. Please if possible, use Anders Brownsworth’sblog quote technology for companies that are publicly traded.

In addition, I would be looking for some design help. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to build a map of the world that can be hot-linked. I would love to get your thoughts on whether it should be part of the main blog, or should we do a sideblog for this? Look forward to hearing from you folks


  1. You might want to use a wiki to collect all this data easily ? It changes so rapidly in my market (France) that this might be the best way to keep up to speed (or create a special page on wikipedia ?).

    As far as a map of the world… try tapping into the Google Maps API… ?

  2. good idea rodrigo. i need to set-up a wiki and also learn more about maps.

  3. I live in Ahmedabad, India. Although affordable broadband provider doen’t exists in India, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) define broadband as 256 kbps here.

    I would be happy to write about broadband situation here.

  4. Great idea, Om. I’d suggest Google Maps if you want 2D or even better Google Earth for 3D. (If you haven’t tried GE yet, run, don’t walk to http://earth.google.com, download a copy, and take the built-in tour.)

    Let me know if you need more info on either.

    This has got me thinking about some other mashups using GE…hhhmmm…

  5. Yep, google maps mashup would be the best way to do it. Get a the latitude and longitude from any geocoder website and add Gmap points with data. This might be useful Gmaps tutorial .

    BTW do you have to host your own wiki ? Can’t you just add another subject called “broad band profile” wikipedia and keep adding data to that ?

  6. bill that is a good idea. i would need help. any chance you folks can help with the google map build. also thoughts on in what format the data needs to be available in order for us to do mash ups.

  7. piyush, thanks for the offer and look forward to your contribution. that would be wonderful.

  8. As soon as the Wiki is up I will contribute details for Australia. The broadband adoption as well as the market is something that we track internally here and I would be willing to share the details.

  9. I will be writing about my country’s broadband profile soon… I’m from Romania.

  10. Om,
    A group I’m involved with did a pricing survey of the 30 OECD countries in March this year. It wasn’t as detailed as what you are looking for but had providers, speeds, links to the providers websites and prices. It is available here: http://www.irelandoffline.org/bbpc.php but I can provide you with more deails by email if you wish. If you get the Wiki going I’ll add these details to it too. I think a Wiki is the best method for this kind of data gathering.

    Perhaps something to look out for with EU countries too is to factor in the cost of line rental for DSL products. For example in Ireland the cost of line rental is €24.17 a month which is certainly a prohibitive factor for getting dsl when you then have to pay for the DSL service itself which costs about €30 a month for a basic 1mb service.


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