Broadband Around The Planet


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, 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



Om Malik


wireless broadband is a perfect fit for us as well. i am going to put up a little wiki later today and well, it will have all the instructions. look forward to your contributions

Om Malik


thanks for the email. yup, this is going to be an open source project – will be putting together a wiki for this, and anyone and eveyrone can use the information. looking forward to your contributions.

Sridhar T Pai

hi Om
Good idea on broadband profiling per country. I can help you too – I am actually putting together info for covering India broadband separately and can share with you. You may want to structure the info required and scope it out: for ex- do you plan to include wireless broadband? That way some of us can contribute on specific topics and you can cut out duplication

Sridhar Pai Tonse


I would like to contribute in very good content which I have been accumulating since 1999. Its more specific to India though.

You never mentioned if this will be an Open Source project or we work and then you sell this to someone else ? Hope not ;)


Will probably make a post on my blog regarding the Broadband (er… narrow band) services in Mumbai.

Yes it’s pretty bad. There are a few players out here in the market and things are still a bit expensive.


Good idea. You need a template page for the wiki though so people have some idea where to start. It should include cost per kbit per second for up and downstream if possible.

Verio has a nice world map showing the NNT global network on their site that might be inspirational. Click the little green map at the top right of their page at Maybe you can color code it for the type of network (DSL, Cable, fiber, wifi) and add a fake 3d effect to show the relative price.


Is the wiki already setup? url?
Om, As you’re doing the broadband profile, it would be nice to make compare the speeds, prices with the per capita income of the country which will give an idea of how costly(or cheap) a certain level of broadband.
And optional point you might include- availibility of broadband throughout that country. Quite relevant for India because you might as well be living in the boondocks if you are not in the major 8-10 cities in India where broadband is available.


I live in Japan, and we have…

1. Major Players
Nippon Telephne and Telegram, the single largest telecom company in the world, who have Verio as its subsidiary.
Softbank, led by a genuine investor, who have Yahoo! trademarked in Japan.

2. Main Access Technologies
ADSL (max40M) is still dominant, but Optical Fiber (100M) is increasing dramatically. CATV is not so common here.

3. The price of bandwidth per megabit
You can subscribe 100M optical service at 3000 yen a month, thus 30 yen (about 25 cents) per megabit. I guess it a bit too cheap, and am afraid most Japanese ISPs cannot survive the next decade.

4. Average Speeds available to consumers.
Some claims 70Mbps. Most are contend at 10-20Mbps. Everybody in this country exchange copyrighted materials on P2P frantically. Sigh.

Om Malik

michael, that was the whole idea. i think it is good to get a consumer point of view on the whole thing, and keep a fact checking mechanism in place. lets also find out the gaps between various countries, and what worked and what did not. thanks for your kidnd comments. wireless broadband idea is a good one as well.

Michael Parekh

Finally, some qualitative/quantitative measure of the competitive situation per country would be interesting as well. This way one could differentiate oligopolistic markets like the US from competitive markets like South Korea and Japan.

Michael Parekh

Om, would suggest collecting wireless broadband data per country as well while you’re at it.

I’d also suggest defining a super-broadband category (or another name you like) to define broadband speeds over 10Mbps.

Finally, the project should track upstream speeds as well as download speeds if possible.


here’re some facts about Israel.

We have three access options , ADSL (only A type DSL) Cable (and T1 which is restricted only for buissness users).

DSL- provided by BEZEQ (telephone company)
Cable- provided by HOT (Cable television company)

We have several main ISPs -Netvision, 014 BEZEQ BEI-LEUMI, 012 KAVEI ZAHAV, 013 BARAK, Internet ZAHAV. These are the main figures.

750kbs/95kbs 750kbs/96kbs
1.5mbs/96kbs 1.5mbs/128kbs
2mbs/96kbs 1mbs/256kbs or 512mbs
5mbs/256kbs 5mbs/256kbs

prices are ranged from 100 NIS for the intire package (infrastructure and ISP) to 500 NIS, per month. (1US$=4.6 NIS).
prices constantly shift (sales and such) however, a price of 100-150 NIS per a 1.5mbs ADSL(96kbsUP)/CABLE(128kbsUP) is considered the avarage.
All ISPs provide to both cable and ADSL at every rate available

Om Malik

thanks guys, i am working hard on trying to iron out the kinks in the wiki and then basically opening it to all. it shouldn’t take long now. bear with me.


Om – France page is up on the wiki with
1. stats over 5 quarters of ADSL, cable and other (radio, optic fiber) of BB penetration and Subs.
2. relative marketshare of each operator (latest)
3. prices and links to each operators offers…


I’m from Malaysia. I could contribute what I know on Malaysia. Is there any keypoints that should be included in the 250-word piece?

Nitin Ahuja

Eeks. just checked that you have covered, most of what i mentioned in my comment, just oversight.Anyway, I ll try to get you some info over the weekend.

Nitin Ahuja

Om, This is a great idea. As a recommendation, we can focus on broadband technologies as well, and try to cover offerings by technology. A good format would be
– Technologies (existing/forthcoming)
– Penetration
– Speeds
– Key Providers with details on service offerings.

Matter of fact a lot of private telco operators (Reliance, Airtel, Tata Indicom) and mom and pop cable operators have a variety of offerings in India. It would be interesting to put something together.

I will plan on sending you some stuff on India and China over the weekend, see if you can use it.

Mark Evans

here are some canadian broadband factoids.
key players: bell canada (bce inc.), rogers communications inc., shaw communications inc., videotron ltee, cogeco inc., eastlink communications inc., aliant inc., telus corp.
key technologies: cable, DSL
price of bandwidth: C$8 to $15 per MB
average speed: 3MB
– all the bb providers are publicly-traded except for eastlink

Damien Mulley

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: 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.

Nik Cubrilovic

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.

Om Malik

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.


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 ?

Bill Day

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, 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…

Piyush Patel

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.


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… ?

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