Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Global Broadband Gets Cheaper

The BBC reported a slice of the report by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) new Communications Outlook 2007, available for purchase or readable online.

The BBC chose to focus on global broadband prices for a comparison among the 30 nations. For example, the U.S. was ranked 4th cheapest for entry level broadband at $15.93/month. Some other highlights the BBC chose were:

1) 60% of its member countries net users are now on broadband
2) Japan's net users have 100Mbps lines, 10x higher than OECD averages
3) Japan's fibre networks can upload at the same speed they download

However, at 310 pages, the OECD Communications Outlook 2007 is a much more extensive report. And, for the first time, there is a special section on the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

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