Tarifica Eyes Euro ADSL

Analysis shows that in five key markets rental charges have gone down while access speeds increased in relation with a year earlier

March 20, 2006

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LONDON -- Tarifica’s comparative analysis of current ADSL prices has revealed that in five key European markets rental charges have gone down while access speeds increased in relation with a year earlier.

Uptake of Broadband has been moving on a sharp upward curve in the last twelve months. In the UK, 99.8 per cent of homes and businesses are currently connected to a Broadband-enabled telephone exchange with the proportion of UK Broadband households almost quadrupling between April 2003 - July 2005, to reach 31 per cent of the total number of UK households. In other European markets the percentage of Broadband households as a proportion of the total number of the country’s households varies: 13 per cent in Italy, 23 per cent in Germany, and 41 per cent in Belgium.

Operators have seen a commensurate increase in their Broadband subscriber base, for example British incumbent BT saw the number of its Wholesale ADSL end users more than doubling from 2.215 million in 2004 to 4.932 million in 2005. Telecom Italia had 5.943 million Broadband access lines (including those as part of the European Broadband Project) in September 2005, as opposed to 3.655 million in September 2004, while Belgian incumbent Belgacom’s ADSL access channels (901,100) constitute nearly one fifth of a total of 5.2 million fixed connections (as at June 2005). Moreover, France Telecom currently (December 2005) has 9.391 million ADSL and unbundled registered lines in France and a further 2.944 million ADSL registered lines in other European markets (Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and UK), whilst Spanish incumbent Telefonica currently (September 2005) counts 5.285 million ADSL subscribers, up from 3.370 million in 2004.


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