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Report: DSL downstream speeds increase in APAC

Posted: 04 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:residential DSL? downstream speeds? VDSL? ADSL?

Average residential DSL downstream speeds have increased from Q2 to Q3 in the regions of Asia-Pacific, Latin America, South East Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe, reported Point Topic Ltd in its paper "Broadband Tariff Benchmarking: Q3 2007." In the two regions of North America and Canada and the Middle East and Africa, average residential downstream speeds remained relatively unchanged, said the market analyst.

"The most significant changes were seen in Asia-Pacific and South and East Asia," says Fiona Vanier, research analyst at Point Topic. "This is due to operators such as China Tietong and NTT which have introduced services with downstream speeds as high as 100Mbits/s."

The largest growth was seen in South and East Asia, where average downstream speed increased by over 130 percent. The two operators responsible for this increase are China Tietong and China Telecom, said the market analyst.

China Tietong launched a new range of services (A1-A7 Unlimited) with downstream speeds ranging from 512Kbits/s to 4Mbits/s, and introduced the J1 Shared 100M VDSL service with a 100Mbits/s downstream speed. China Telecom expanded its existing Home ASDL Unlimited range of services with downstream speeds ranging from 512Kbits/s to 2Mbits/s.

Table 1 shows the average DSL downstream speeds for the regions and the percentage change between speeds reported in Q2 and Q3. Also shown in the table are operators that have implemented changes in their services that have greatly influenced the percentage change.

According to the report, Japan's NTT has made a significant impact on the average downstream speed in Asia-Pacific. The operator extended its FLET's ADSL range to incorporate three new services that offer downstream speeds as high as 100Mbits/s.

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