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 …

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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  • 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. Broadband: General purpose technology
  • 3. Telecommunication investment is strongly pro-cyclical.
  • 4. Households with broadband http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/20/59/39574039.xls
  • 5. Advertised speeds 1 Mbit/s 2 Mbit/s 10 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s 100 Mbit/s 24 Mbit/s
  • 6. Disappearing data caps November 2009
  • 7. NZ: Choosing to be shaped
  • 8. Competition Is DSL + cable + wireless sufficient?
  • 9. Fixed Triple play No data caps Very high speeds Mobile Lower speeds 1 GB data cap Substitutes in Portugal?
  • 10. DSL Cable Wireless How well is this competition working out?
  • 11. Price comparisons: Cable
    • France
    • USD 47
    • (EUR 31.90)
    • 100 Mbit/s
    • 71 TV channels
    • Unlimited fixed calls to 53 countries including CA and US
    • Canada
    • USD 171
    • (CAD 180.43)
    • 50 Mbit/s
    • 89 TV channels
    • 250 minutes of long distance calls to North America
  • 12. Price comparisons: DSL
    • France
    • USD 44
    • (EUR 29.90)
    • 28 Mbit/s
    • 150 TV channels
    • Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico
    • United States
    • USD 144
    • (USD 144.00)
    • 18 Mbit/s
    • 130 TV channels
    • Unlimited calls to US, CA and Puerto Rico
  • 13. Price comparisons: FTTH
    • France
    • USD 44
    • (EUR 29.90)
    • 100 Mbit/s
    • 150 TV channels
    • Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico
    • United States
    • USD 229
    • (USD 144.00)
    • 50 Mbit/s
    • 250 TV channels
    • Unlimited calls to US, CA and Puerto Rico
  • 14. Price comparisons: FTTH (basic)
    • France
    • USD 44
    • (EUR 29.90)
    • 100 Mbit/s
    • 150 TV channels
    • Unlimited fixed calls to 100 countries including CA and US and Puerto Rico
    • United States
    • USD 80
    • (USD 80.49)
    • 15 Mbit/s
    • 15 TV channels
    • Free local calls
  • 15. Conclusions
    • Broadband as the “new electricity”
    • Once-in-a-generation upgrade
    • Focus on competition
  • 16. Thank you