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The number of cable broadband connections in the Netherlands showed a positive development with an increase of 23.7% in 2003, however the number of ADSL subscriptions more than doubled in 2003, outnumbering cable connections at the end of 2003.Source: ADSL outnumbers cable in 2003 in the Netherlands [telecom.paper.nl]
Meer internetgebruik via adsl dan kabel [nrc.nl] (Dutch)
Meer aansluitingen via adsl dan kabel [nu.nl] (Dutch)
The good thing is that DSL users tend to spend much more time on the web.
I also suppose - but have no backing for that assumption - that DSL users are more adventurous, when it comes to surfing: taking a short look at a site or page doesn't cost any time or money.
Great future, expect more download capacity for the same price very soon (have been done twice the last couple of months...) and VERY stable connection.
We design websites to work on 56k because thats the majority of the market. The high cost of broadband is holding the internet back. Much more would be possible when 50%+ of those online are on broadband.
UMTS is comming soon, so for now, if you want a broadband connection you must have a phone line (rent: 15 Euros a month) or a cable connection (15-20 euros a month).
So here, if you want to have a broadband connection, you´ll have to pay around 50 euros a month (minimum).
Not a bargain, if you see that minimum wage here is around 365 Euros, so a broadband connection costs more than 10% of some people´s salary...
Even so, ADSL & Cable connection are everywhere here, so people really like internet.
Cable was the first broadband connection here, but many people are moving to ADSL connections because for now they are a bit more stable. It seems the cable providers have too many clients, and not enough upgrades.
I have ADSL for a couple of years now... What I really want is UMTS (it´s already here, but they charge for kb, not a monthly value).
In the 2º Semester there will be a provider here offering UMTS connection at a fixed price.
Now I´m thinking of moving to another house, and I´ll have to cut the phone line, adsl subscription, etc etc
If I had an UMTS connection I wouldn´t have to do anything.
Take up is much improved over the last year, although rural areas of the UK are unlikely to see DSL (via their normal phone lines) for the foreseeable future.
Indeed, if you're don't have cable or a suitably equipped local telephone exchange, then alternative options are limited to satellite connections or, in the case of Southern Electric Broadband, high-speed Internet access through your home/business electrical sockets. Extended reach products have now also been introduced, although upload speeds are affected.
The situation in the UK is further complicated by the fact that BT owns much of the network needed for ADSL. Hence, whilst other ISPs do offer broadband services (often with better customer support), part of their monthly subscription fee goes into BT coffers.
>The situation in the UK is further complicated by the fact that
>BT owns much of the network needed for ADSL.
The same happens here in Portugal, and some ADSL providers stopped accepting new signups, because they said they were loosing money. They had to pay most of the $ to Portugal Telecom (who owns the infrastructure). Some controversy here...
So they are making their own infrastructure, using UMTS (up to 1500 kbps) or Powerlines. A lot of things are going to change here...
Pricy yes but well worth it:)
france telecom is at least 10€ per month higher for each of these bands ...
rural communities don't expect it if your local mayor doen't pressure to have it ...
BTW ...no proxies of any sort will work on french networks ....the connection to ISP is "disallowed" at the log on ..so "steg" etc just are non starters ..and adsl modem boxes are configured to block them all ..Big brother t'ecoute..et donc tu ne doit pas cryptez!
Technically under national law all websites and their content should be submitted for official approval prior to upload ...Corse no one does but it is the law ..
I do beleive for home use you can 512 kb for the same price as most people here around 30-40 euros.
Would be interesting to see what you guys pay for a business line with 24/7 support