Around The World DSL Speeds (& Prices) Go Up

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DSL Speeds and prices around the world went up 4.7% and 9.3% during the first quarter of 2008, according to Point Topic, a consulting firm that tracks broadband tariffs around the planet. The average price for a residential DSL connection at the end of Q1 2008 was $61.36 a month, while the speed was 6.52 Mbps. The Business DSL connections cost $227 a month for a speed of 4.13 Mbps.

The big change came as a result of big boosts provides by Latin American carriers, who boosted residential speeds by 36% to 2.74 Mbps. Telecom Argentina and Telefonica del Peru were two carriers that boosted speeds. In comparison, the prices for FTTx and cable tariffs have not changed much.

Average entry level broadband service tariff (PPP rates)

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Flavo Silva

@OM

Sure! That will be a pleasure to keep you guys posted on what’s happing down here.

Best!
Flavio

V

One day I get up and read “Broadband spreading everywhere, People are Internet Literate Now!”.
And once again the DSL rates go up making it difficult for many to connect with decent speeds. Is this really going to help the lower class connect to Internet?

Om Malik

@ Flavio

Greetings. I have been tracking speed increases in your country for a while. Now the gradual increases in Brazil are factored into the database, however, some of the other countries have really boosted their speeds – going from poset-broadband to what is acceptable. I think that is why I mentioned those two companies in specific. Meanwhile, you can been our Brazil broadband “man on the street” and let us know what is going on there.

Looking forward to staying in touch

Flavio Silva

Hey Om.

Telefonica, in Brazil, has also been boosting speeds from time to time. I’m getting 30 mbps via a VDSL service recently launched in Sao Paulo. With the HDSPA mobile access taking off and being offered as an alternative to residential access, it seems that competition will force more speed increments in the following months.

We need to point out that, different from US, Cable has almost no penetration in Brazil, leaving wireless in all its flavors as the only alternative to DSL.

The great challenge down here is to bring this broadband to lower classes that are getting computers as crazy (three digits growth last two years) and need to hook them to the internet for a reasonable price. I still see lots of people getting computers for US$ 400 that still need to go to internet cafes to check their e-mails or browse Orkut because they simple can’t afford US$ 50 a month for the entry level 256 kbps broadband.

Regards,
Flavio – Sao Paulo – Brazil

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