Global speeds and prices for residential and business DSL services increased by 4.7 per cent and 9.3 per cent respectively in the first quarter of 2008, according to new research.
Point Topic's latest quarterly tracking report found that the global average residential DSL service cost increased to $61.36 per month (up 9.3 per cent on the fourth quarter of 2007) in the first quarter of 2008.
Downstream speeds, meanwhile, reached 6,517Kbps (up 4.7 per cent) over the same period.
Business DSL prices now average $227 per month with a downstream speed of 4,126Kbps. This represents an increase of 23 per cent in price, and a three per cent increase in downstream speeds.
Latin America enjoyed the most significant speed changes, where average downstream residential and business speeds increased by 36 per cent to 2,737Kbps and 40 per cent to 2,995Kbps respectively.
The rises were due in part to new tariffs from Telecom Argentina and Telefónica del Peru, according to senior Point Topic analyst Fiona Vanier.
"Telecom Argentina introduced two new high speed business tariffs with downstream speeds of 20Mbps, while Telefónica del Peru expanded its range to include two new tariffs with downstream speeds of 5Mbps," she said.
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