Broadband developments and comparisons

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Taylor Reynolds, a specialist analyst at OECD, argues that broadband is a once in a lifetime development for society, and a once in a generation upgrade, akin to the deployment of electricity. He points out against this background that competition forces have served the wider objectives of national broadband policies in terms of consumer-friendly pricing and ever higher speeds (particularly seen in the clear disappearance of broadband speed capping practices) around the world well.

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Broadband developments and comparisons

  1. 1. Broadband developments International Institute of Communications Washington DC 2 December 2009 The views expressed in this presentation are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the OECD or its membership.
  2. 2. Broadband: General purpose technology
  3. 3. Telecommunication investment is strongly pro-cyclical.
  4. 4. Households with broadband http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/20/59/39574039.xls
  5. 5. Advertised speeds 1 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s 10 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s 100 Mbit/s 24 Mbit/s
  6. 6. Disappearing data caps November 2009
  7. 7. NZ: Choosing to be shaped
  8. 8. Competition Is DSL + cable + wireless sufficient?
  9. 9. Fixed Triple play No data caps Very high speeds Mobile Lower speeds 1 GB data cap Substitutes in Portugal?
  10. 10. DSL Cable Wireless How well is this competition working out?
  11. 11. Price comparisons: Cable <ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>USD 47 </li></ul><ul><li>(EUR 31.90) </li></ul><ul><li>100 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>71 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited fixed calls to 53 countries including CA and US </li></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><li>USD 171 </li></ul><ul><li>(CAD 180.43) </li></ul><ul><li>50 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>89 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>250 minutes of long distance calls to North America </li></ul>
  12. 12. Price comparisons: DSL <ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>USD 44 </li></ul><ul><li>(EUR 29.90) </li></ul><ul><li>28 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>150 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico </li></ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><li>USD 144 </li></ul><ul><li>(USD 144.00) </li></ul><ul><li>18 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>130 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited calls to US, CA and Puerto Rico </li></ul>
  13. 13. Price comparisons: FTTH <ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>USD 44 </li></ul><ul><li>(EUR 29.90) </li></ul><ul><li>100 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>150 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico </li></ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><li>USD 229 </li></ul><ul><li>(USD 144.00) </li></ul><ul><li>50 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>250 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited calls to US, CA and Puerto Rico </li></ul>
  14. 14. Price comparisons: FTTH (basic) <ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>USD 44 </li></ul><ul><li>(EUR 29.90) </li></ul><ul><li>100 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>150 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico </li></ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><li>USD 80 </li></ul><ul><li>(USD 80.49) </li></ul><ul><li>15 Mbit/s </li></ul><ul><li>15 TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Free local calls </li></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>Broadband as the “new electricity” </li></ul><ul><li>Once-in-a-generation upgrade </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on competition </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you

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