2008 Asia Pacific Telecommunication/ICT Indicators 2008

Broadband in Asia Pacific: too much, too little?

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Prepared for ITU TELECOM ASIA 2008 (Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 September 2008), this report is an indispensable reference book of telecommunication/ICT facts and figures for the region. The publication provides an overview of recent market trends, including in the area of fixed, mobile and Internet services. It focuses on broadband developments in the region, including in terms of policies, technologies, competition, access, pricing and applications. The report highlights government policies in the area of broadband that may serve as best practice examples but also looks at and analyzes the region's broadband digital divide and makes a number of conclusions and recommendations. The report includes some 20 regional tables covering key telecommunication/ICT indicators, over 40 individual country pages with a five year profile from 2002 to 2007, and a directory with names of telecommunication ministries, regulators and operators in the region.




Broadband and Internet access in the Asia-Pacific region is currently characterized by two distinct scenarios. In upper-middle and high-income economies, ubiquitous access is progressing through a competitive race to provide ever faster fixed broadband speeds and the deployment of mobile broadband technologies at ever lower prices. The four Asian tigers along with Japan are world leaders in broadband penetration, fibre deployment, IP-based voice and video applications and third generation (3G) mobile cellular use. Fixed and mobile technologies are starting to complement each other, with users enjoying continuous connectivity from the home, to the office and in between. In Singapore, for example, ubiquitous Internet access is exemplified by broadband plans combining unlimited 8 Mbps fixed broadband, 2 Mbps mobile broadband and access at some 800 Wi-Fi hotspots for just S$53.05 (US$35) per month.


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