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Median broadband speeds increase from 256Kbps to over 1.4Mbps

With increasing speeds and decreasing prices you would think that we had never had it so good before with broadband.  In terms of broadband speeds the ITU has looked at the median speeds from 22 months ago versus now, and found that speeds had risen from 256Kbps to 1.4Mbps - this is not just the UK, but the whole world. It has found that broadband pricing has halved in a period of just 10 months. For this and much more see the full ITU Internet Report 2006, which is on the ITU website, the full 135 page document is downloadable as a PDF from here.



Speed Mbps

Price per month (USD)

Price per 100Kbps

Change 2005-2006

Japan Yahoo!BB 51.2 31.19 0.07 -12.5%
Republic of Korea Hanaro 51.2 40.59 0.08 ...
Netherlands Internet Access 20.4 27.97 0.14 -81.3%
Taiwan, China Chunghwa 12.3 22.67 0.18 ...
Sweden ... 24.6 56.08 0.23 -6.5%
Singapore Starhub 30.7 73.17 0.24 85.0%
Italy Libero 12.3 37.23 0.30 -73.8%
Finland Elisa 24.6 85.64 0.36 -51.4%
France Free 10.2 37.29 0.36 -90.1%
United States Comcast 4.1 20.00 0.49 ...
Germany 6.0 30.95 0.52 ...
United Kingdom Pipex 8.1 50.89 0.63 -53.6%
Hong Kong, China Netvigator 6.1 51.17 0.83 ...
Portugal Sapo 8.1 75.82 0.93 ...
Canada Bell 4.0 41.26 0.42 -3.9%
This table is reproduced from page 78 of the report, and uses samples from July 2005 and April 2006. For a provider to feature they had to have had a service available on both these dates. UK broadband consumers will know that there of course now cheaper deals in the UK, e.g. Be with their ADSL2+ service which works out at 10 cents per 100Kbps (Kilo bits per second), and the various 'free' bundle options. Of course other countries will have moved on as well.
As always while the price of a service is possibly the simplest way to create a shortlist of providers to pick from, it is important to consider things like quality of support, any hidden costs, as well as how you want to use your broadband. One rule is do not be fooled by wording that uses unlimited or other words you may think imply you can download as much as you like, very often this translates into complex fair use policies and traffic management, so while the terms and conditions will be boring it is worth checking them.


Dunno why they used Pipex as a reference considering they throttle customers' connections as a matter of policy. It's misleading to say Pipex those speeds.

  • kenneth_lad
  • over 14 years ago

8.1mbit having a laugh, 7.15mbit is on a perfect synch unthrottled so 8.1 is completely wrong.

Yet france with their 24mbit connections has 10mbit?

  • chrysalis
  • over 14 years ago

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