This report provides 123 statistical tables covering the Broadband Market, Internet Market and the New Media and Convergence Markets. Statistical tables include:-
During 2005, Telstra has moved up the OECD broadband penetration ladder from 21st to 17th position. With Australia, one of the countries with the highest growth, we are well and truly on the road to catching up with the rest of the developed world. But I think it will still take two years for that to happen.
More worrying is the fact that other countries are at least three or four years ahead of us in relation to what should be classified as proper broadband. In the leading countries we have ADSL2+ with speeds of up to 20Mb/s, VDSL with speeds of up to 50Mb/s, and Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) with speeds of up to 100Mb/s. In Japan alone there are more broadband users on FttH than the total number of broadband users in Australia!
The leading broadband countries in the world are Iceland, South Korea, Netherlands and Denmark, all with more than 60% of their households connected to broadband.
In these leading countries, cable modem and ‘plain’ ADSL connections are decreasing in favour of new high-speed technologies.
All around the world, countries are recognising the fact that their national telecommunications infrastructure is vital to the national interest - both socially and economically - and, in light of this, governments are increasing their involvement in telecommunications infrastructure. A large part of this infrastructure exists as a natural monopoly, and government policies and regulations need to be adjusted to reflect that reality. Furthermore, a significant section - around a third - of the infrastructure resides in areas where it will not be economically viable to upgrade the existing copper-based infrastructure to a fibre-based information highway. In late 2005, the government allocated $3 billion towards regional broadband infrastructure.
Broadband networks are based on fibre-optic backbones. From here on the strategy differs. Both HFC (cable TV) networks and copper based cable (DSL) are used. Depending on how deep the fibre optic cable is deployed, higher speeds are offered. Network upgrades over the next decade will eventually lead to fibre supplying clusters of around 50 to 200 houses and from that time onwards full fibre to the home will take over. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) wholesalers (other than Telstra) and their over 500 retail Broadband Service Providers (BSPs) are supplying 55% of the retail DSL broadband services.