Regulation drives broadband growth says analyst

Regulatory involvement is a key factor in boosting a country's broadband penetration rate, says analyst Ovum.

Regulatory involvement is a key factor in boosting a country's broadband penetration rate, says analyst Ovum.

The analyst has published its top-ten fastest growing broadband markets. It says infrastructure competition and relative pricing are common factors that drive broadband growth in such countries.

Jonathan Coham, an analyst at Ovum, said, "Wealth relative to the cost of broadband is a major consideration in most of these markets. Broadband ISPs in Greece, Turkey, Ireland and Russia all offer cheap services relative to the average disposable income, in order to make broadband attractive to greater proportions of the country."

He said, "Regulation surrounding wholesale and local loop unbundling broadband pricing is also a major factor to consider in these regions."

Ovum said the top-ten developing broadband countries

are: Greece, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Ukraine, Ireland, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia and Turkey.

Broadband in the UK was slow to take off once it became available from 2000 because it was initially expensive and not widely available.

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