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The UK is still one of the most expensive places for DSL services, according to Oftel.

Its latest international benchmarking report found that the average cost of DSL in the UK was £49 a month, compared with £35 in France, £30 in Germany, £28 in the US and just £23 in Sweden.

But when the prices for cable modem services are included in the figures, the average cost of broadband in Britain falls markedly, the survey found.

Sweden is the cheapest at £19 a month, followed by the UK at £26, US at £28, Germany at £29 and France £34.

However, the availability of cable modem services is limited, reaching around 38 per cent of UK households, compared to the 60 per cent of households that could access DSL.

The study also found that the UK continues to have some of the cheapest prices for residential dial-up access compared to other European countries.

Said David Edmonds, head of Oftel: "The results of the new survey show that while the UK is doing well
in some areas, such as narrowband Internet access and cable modems, there is still progress to be made in other areas, notably DSL.

"Oftel is working to encourage a competitive market for broadband services delivered through a variety of channels including DSL and cable.

We are now seeing active competition between cable modems and DSL which should help drive down DSL prices," he said.

Here's hoping... ®

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