South East Asia offers cheapest DSL
Point Topic has released comparison data on 240 operators comparing tariffs of different services. Over seven regions, South East Asia wins on price of DSL at just US$19 (£9.50) per month, similar to some services available here. However that price is due to a relatively low download speed with an average of 1,761Kbps (Kilo bits per second). Western Europe and North America are on a very level footing with Europe at US$49 (£24.76) with an average speed of 4,172Kbps. Cable modem services follow a similar pattern, but provide faster services for cheaper.
FTTx (fibre to the home/kerb) is unsurprisingly cheapest/Kbps in the Asia Pacific region, with services available at 100Mbps for US$37.80 (£18.99), although Eastern Europe is offering some shared fibre services (using fibre to the building (FTTB)) at US$30.80. An average speed of 40Mbps is available.
France is currently seeing large investment in FTTx, particularly around the Paris area, with several companies hoping to attract customers to see a rollout of 450,000 users by the end of 2009. Neuf Cegetel will be offering a triple play service with telephony, Television and 50Mbps Internet service available for US$40 (£20) - an equivalent triple play option from Virgin Media (with only 10Mbps broadband) currently costs £28.50 per month.