Feeds

Broadband prices fall in Europe

Fascinating

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The cost of broadband in Europe has fallen by almost a quarter since the beginning of the year, according to London-based consultancy Broad Group.

Its European Broadband Pricing Report surveyed 109 operators peddling 455 tariff packages in 36 countries. The average monthly price for 512k and 1Mb services fell 23 per cent since January while the cost of a 2Mb line fell 24 per cent.

"The report details the decrease of broadband prices in Europe - approximately 23 per cent across the three main speeds - but draws attention to the diversity of emerging and mature broadband markets in terms of price of broadband packages stratified by speed," said the blurb accompanying the report.

While the cost of broadband is falling, the amount of cash UK households are splashing out on telecoms has risen by around 20 per cent between 2001 and 2003, according to communications regulator Ofcom.

It reckons punters coughed up £13bn on telecoms in 2003 - up from £11.6bn in 2001 - with most of this increase spent on mobile phones and net access. The percentage of UK homes now with net access has grown from four in ten to more than half over the last two years with more than a third of these using broadband. ®

Related stories

Ecommerce getting cheaper and easier
Brits, broadband and smut
'Sophisticated' UK sprints ahead in ICT race
Top tech nations revealed

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?