Global broadband prices fell sharply in the first half of the year as cable operators moved to meet the challenge of lower prices from DSL, according to a research report. Monthly rental fees for broadband cable services dropped 16 percent in the first six months of this year, while DSL fees were slashed by 13 percent, reported researcher Point Topic Ltd. Broadband cable service providers aggressively cut prices during the first half of the year to bring their fees closer to those of DSL services, which previously were reduced to attract new subscribers. Cable operators surveyed said the average monthly rate for entry-level cable modem services declined from US$39.20 to $32 over the period, while DSL prices dropped by $2.50 to $29.50. -- Network World (US)
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