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 technologies in Asia-Pacific

Broadband can be delivered over various technologies, including fibre, cable modem, satellite and wireless. This chapter provides an overview of the different technologies and includes a discussion of inter- and intra-modal competition between technologies and operators. Inter-modal competition refers to the availability of operators offering different broadband technologies within an economy. Intramodal competition refers to operators competing in the same broadband technology. Experience suggests that a range of operators competing in both the same technology (e.g., DSL) and across technologies (e.g., DSL and wireless) accelerates broadband rollout and speeds and puts downward pressure on prices.


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