Global residential broadband prices decline 9%

As service providers continue to expand and enhance their last mile networks, a new Point Topic report revealed that residential broadband pricing worldwide has dropped 9 percent in the past year.

The research firm said that FTTH and cable broadband pricing are converging as service providers are being forced to compete for subscribers on both a price and bandwidth basis.

Residential DSL pricing was under $10 per Mbps during the second quarter, up from about $9 in the fourth quarter of 2014, but down from $11 in the second quarter of 2014.

Meanwhile, cable and fiber-based broadband prices remained flat at $1 per Mbps in over a year. Average residential cable and fiber prices declined $3 and $2 per Mbps in the second quarter of 2010, to $1 this current quarter. 

In the business segment, Point Topic said that the average cost per megabit for standalone and bundled broadband services delivered over copper, cable and fiber are more closely matched for business tariffs. Business grade copper-based DSL speeds remain relatively expensive at $20 per Mbps compared to $5 for cable and about $1 for fiber.

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