46 thoughts on “Broadband Around The Planet”

  1. You might want to use a wiki to collect all this data easily ? It changes so rapidly in my market (France) that this might be the best way to keep up to speed (or create a special page on wikipedia ?).

    As far as a map of the world… try tapping into the Google Maps API… ?

  2. I live in Ahmedabad, India. Although affordable broadband provider doen’t exists in India, TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) define broadband as 256 kbps here.

    I would be happy to write about broadband situation here.

  3. Great idea, Om. I’d suggest Google Maps if you want 2D or even better Google Earth for 3D. (If you haven’t tried GE yet, run, don’t walk to http://earth.google.com, download a copy, and take the built-in tour.)

    Let me know if you need more info on either.

    This has got me thinking about some other mashups using GE…hhhmmm…

  4. Yep, google maps mashup would be the best way to do it. Get a the latitude and longitude from any geocoder website and add Gmap points with data. This might be useful Gmaps tutorial .

    BTW do you have to host your own wiki ? Can’t you just add another subject called “broad band profile” wikipedia and keep adding data to that ?

  5. bill that is a good idea. i would need help. any chance you folks can help with the google map build. also thoughts on in what format the data needs to be available in order for us to do mash ups.

  6. As soon as the Wiki is up I will contribute details for Australia. The broadband adoption as well as the market is something that we track internally here and I would be willing to share the details.

  7. Om,
    A group I’m involved with did a pricing survey of the 30 OECD countries in March this year. It wasn’t as detailed as what you are looking for but had providers, speeds, links to the providers websites and prices. It is available here: http://www.irelandoffline.org/bbpc.php but I can provide you with more deails by email if you wish. If you get the Wiki going I’ll add these details to it too. I think a Wiki is the best method for this kind of data gathering.

    Perhaps something to look out for with EU countries too is to factor in the cost of line rental for DSL products. For example in Ireland the cost of line rental is €24.17 a month which is certainly a prohibitive factor for getting dsl when you then have to pay for the DSL service itself which costs about €30 a month for a basic 1mb service.

  8. om,
    here are some canadian broadband factoids.
    key players: bell canada (bce inc.), rogers communications inc., shaw communications inc., videotron ltee, cogeco inc., eastlink communications inc., aliant inc., telus corp.
    key technologies: cable, DSL
    price of bandwidth: C$8 to $15 per MB
    average speed: 3MB
    – all the bb providers are publicly-traded except for eastlink

  9. Om, This is a great idea. As a recommendation, we can focus on broadband technologies as well, and try to cover offerings by technology. A good format would be
    – Technologies (existing/forthcoming)
    – Penetration
    – Speeds
    – Key Providers with details on service offerings.

    Matter of fact a lot of private telco operators (Reliance, Airtel, Tata Indicom) and mom and pop cable operators have a variety of offerings in India. It would be interesting to put something together.

    I will plan on sending you some stuff on India and China over the weekend, see if you can use it.

  10. Eeks. just checked that you have covered, most of what i mentioned in my comment, just oversight.Anyway, I ll try to get you some info over the weekend.

  11. I’m from Malaysia. I could contribute what I know on Malaysia. Is there any keypoints that should be included in the 250-word piece?

  12. Om – France page is up on the wiki with
    1. stats over 5 quarters of ADSL, cable and other (radio, optic fiber) of BB penetration and Subs.
    2. relative marketshare of each operator (latest)
    3. prices and links to each operators offers…

  13. thanks guys, i am working hard on trying to iron out the kinks in the wiki and then basically opening it to all. it shouldn’t take long now. bear with me.

  14. here’re some facts about Israel.

    We have three access options , ADSL (only A type DSL) Cable (and T1 which is restricted only for buissness users).

    DSL- provided by BEZEQ (telephone company)
    Cable- provided by HOT (Cable television company)

    We have several main ISPs -Netvision, 014 BEZEQ BEI-LEUMI, 012 KAVEI ZAHAV, 013 BARAK, Internet ZAHAV. These are the main figures.

    750kbs/95kbs 750kbs/96kbs
    1.5mbs/96kbs 1.5mbs/128kbs
    2mbs/96kbs 1mbs/256kbs or 512mbs
    5mbs/256kbs 5mbs/256kbs

    prices are ranged from 100 NIS for the intire package (infrastructure and ISP) to 500 NIS, per month. (1US$=4.6 NIS).
    prices constantly shift (sales and such) however, a price of 100-150 NIS per a 1.5mbs ADSL(96kbsUP)/CABLE(128kbsUP) is considered the avarage.
    All ISPs provide to both cable and ADSL at every rate available

  15. Om, would suggest collecting wireless broadband data per country as well while you’re at it.

    I’d also suggest defining a super-broadband category (or another name you like) to define broadband speeds over 10Mbps.

    Finally, the project should track upstream speeds as well as download speeds if possible.

  16. Finally, some qualitative/quantitative measure of the competitive situation per country would be interesting as well. This way one could differentiate oligopolistic markets like the US from competitive markets like South Korea and Japan.

  17. michael, that was the whole idea. i think it is good to get a consumer point of view on the whole thing, and keep a fact checking mechanism in place. lets also find out the gaps between various countries, and what worked and what did not. thanks for your kidnd comments. wireless broadband idea is a good one as well.

  18. I live in Japan, and we have…

    1. Major Players
    Nippon Telephne and Telegram, the single largest telecom company in the world, who have Verio as its subsidiary.
    Softbank, led by a genuine investor, who have Yahoo! trademarked in Japan.

    2. Main Access Technologies
    ADSL (max40M) is still dominant, but Optical Fiber (100M) is increasing dramatically. CATV is not so common here.

    3. The price of bandwidth per megabit
    You can subscribe 100M optical service at 3000 yen a month, thus 30 yen (about 25 cents) per megabit. I guess it a bit too cheap, and am afraid most Japanese ISPs cannot survive the next decade.

    4. Average Speeds available to consumers.
    Some claims 70Mbps. Most are contend at 10-20Mbps. Everybody in this country exchange copyrighted materials on P2P frantically. Sigh.

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  20. Is the wiki already setup? url?
    Om, As you’re doing the broadband profile, it would be nice to make compare the speeds, prices with the per capita income of the country which will give an idea of how costly(or cheap) a certain level of broadband.
    And optional point you might include- availibility of broadband throughout that country. Quite relevant for India because you might as well be living in the boondocks if you are not in the major 8-10 cities in India where broadband is available.

  21. Good idea. You need a template page for the wiki though so people have some idea where to start. It should include cost per kbit per second for up and downstream if possible.

    Verio has a nice world map showing the NNT global network on their site that might be inspirational. Click the little green map at the top right of their page at http://verio.com Maybe you can color code it for the type of network (DSL, Cable, fiber, wifi) and add a fake 3d effect to show the relative price.

  22. Will probably make a post on my blog regarding the Broadband (er… narrow band) services in Mumbai.

    Yes it’s pretty bad. There are a few players out here in the market and things are still a bit expensive.

  23. I would like to contribute in very good content which I have been accumulating since 1999. Its more specific to India though.

    You never mentioned if this will be an Open Source project or we work and then you sell this to someone else ? Hope not 😉

  24. hi Om
    Good idea on broadband profiling per country. I can help you too – I am actually putting together info for covering India broadband separately and can share with you. You may want to structure the info required and scope it out: for ex- do you plan to include wireless broadband? That way some of us can contribute on specific topics and you can cut out duplication

    Sridhar Pai Tonse

  25. Khabri

    thanks for the email. yup, this is going to be an open source project – will be putting together a wiki for this, and anyone and eveyrone can use the information. looking forward to your contributions.

  26. sridhar,

    wireless broadband is a perfect fit for us as well. i am going to put up a little wiki later today and well, it will have all the instructions. look forward to your contributions

  27. I can contribute the details of the Swiss broadband market. We have a pretty high penetration with reasonable prices but low speeds, so far. Waiting for the Wiki to be up…

  28. i’m sure http://www.adslguide.org.uk had a link to a profile of the developed world broadband sitution inc speeds, prices, market penetration, conducted by uk oftel i believe…

    its only a few months old, so is pretty much the most accurate reflection i’ve seen.

  29. Sorry, but how stupid do you think we are? “Please send me market descriptions for the whole world so that I may publish them”

    Do you really, I mean really, think that people with that kind of insight will actually just, like, happily line your pockets with free cash like that?

    Get a life, please.

  30. Hi Om,
    I believe that a whole site could be built around this so having a separate setup with a wiki and a WordPress install would be excellent. I would be keen to post a couple of times a week to the blog in regards to updates in Australia Asia/Pac region and I get good news come in often. Getting this sort of information from the commercial sources is often expensive, so in effect we have created an open source and free analyst desk keeping track of broadband around the world. We could extend it by doing online surveys, opinion pieces and a ‘broadband finder’ portal for people to search on the easiest way to get broadband in a foreign country when they are traveling (I bump into that all the time..). So we have more than enough for a separate site, and I for one would be very keen to assist in getting it setup – I can help with getting the wiki/blog setup (I do dev for WP as well).

    I have also joined #broadband on irc.freenode.org if the other contributors would like to idle along and discuss these things. I am on Sydney timezone (GMT+10)


  31. Nik, thanks for the comments. can you please register on broadbandblog.com and i will then upgrade you to the editor status.

    secondly, i will try and join on the IRS today.

  32. Claus, as i had said earlier, this is an open source project, with no ads, no sales, no one editor. I don’t intend to line my pockets with this as you say. Thanks for stopping by with your comments

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