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A lot of us are amazed by the supersonic growth of DSL services around the planet. While in some countries such as Japan, China, UK and South Korea it has been the increasing speeds that are attracting consumers to the DSL as a broadband option, in […]

A lot of us are amazed by the supersonic growth of DSL services around the planet. While in some countries such as Japan, China, UK and South Korea it has been the increasing speeds that are attracting consumers to the DSL as a broadband option, in the US it is the entry level $15-a-month plans from folks such as SBC that are super charging the market place. Apparently, this slower-and-cheaper formula is being used across the world. Point Topic says that the DSL prices for entry level services have fallen 7.1% overall in 2005 across 18 operators in 15 countries tracked by the research firm.

Telecom Italia for example has cut its download speeds by half on its entry level package, to 640 KBPS which is in the range of entry level speeds being offered by other European operators. While most of us high-end users (in the US) want more bandwidth, the market reality is that the back-end of broadband demand is coming from reluctant switchers who are only interested in low-price. I bet the cable guys are going to pick-up on this and start aggressively marketing their “K-Mart” plans as well. The markets are getting mature, and operators will soon have to figure how to distinguish themselves from others simply on speed to attract the mainstream users. Price is one. Bundled services is another factor. What else? Any thoughts folks? (No please don’t say P2P networks – we know that ;-) )

  1. Actually lack of bundling would be another competitive advantage. Don’t make me buy the SBC phone line or lame 30-channel lineup from Comcast, if all I want is DSL/Cable.

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  2. One possible differentiation could be roaming agreement with WiFi service providers, that allows users to access BB from locations other than their house ( at a low or no premium obviously)

    Other could be providing enhanced services like – Managing storage (network based) for subscribers. They can help digitize, store and manage multimedia library ( movies, CDs, pics etc ) and provide remote acees to subscribers when they are away from home.

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  3. A strange move by BellSouth to trial home-PC care services in Atlanta:

    http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/69593

    Strange because they’re not being very aggressive in their core business (data), yet an exec waxes poetic about the possibilities of leased tech support.

    Not sure that will fly.

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  4. I think i agree with Alex’s comment up there, an unbundiled service is a great option to consumers. Also i think if some of the players get the iptv think out in the market they can use the “more-bandwidth-you-have-the-better” analogy to get people to upgrade. But i have to say Dhruv’s comment up there has a lot of meat to it, the possibility of networks allowing you to play your stored data on Tivo like devices on your ipods when you are in-home or out travelling in your car can totally redefine the reason why we require broadband access

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