Broadband costs halved since 2008

01 April 2011 |


Broadband households are, on average, paying less than 50% of what they paid at the start of 2008 for their bandwidth.

Broadband households are, on average, paying less than 50% of what they paid at the start of 2008 for their bandwidth.

The report from analyst Point Topic found that the price of a megabit has continued to decrease globally between 2008 and 2010. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, fibre cost 70% of what it did in the first quarter of 2008, with cable costs at 42% and DSL at costs 39%.

The cost of broadband is being reduced as competition increases and operators move into newer DSL and fibre markets. The form of broadband used is still highly dependent on local and national infrastructure and population density. DSL prices in Asia-Pacific have increased over the last two years due to the move in countries with concentrated populations such as Japan, Korea and soon Australia to transfer to fibre technology.