Today, El Pais published a very interesting article about the evolution of Internet access in the world. You can read it here. It is in Spanish.
Mainly, the article describes the situation of broadband across the globe, stating that Asian countries are leading the development of broadband because of several reasons.
They article talks about prices, regulation and competition. I can not agree more on the development of the article and the conclusions.
The general concept is that Asia is taking the lead because of:
- good support from the government
- low prices
- incentives to deploy broadband infrastructure
Several western countries are reacting in the same way (the US is releasing an stimulus plan to develop broadband) but unfortunately, the gap is quite high now to catch up in a short period of time…
Here in Spain, it is even worse, because I can not see the government acting in any way.
This is very bad news because the market is almost monopolistically controlled by Telefonica so they are squeezing ADSL to the limit to get maximum revenue without investing on new technologies.
I can not blame Telefonica to do this, because at the end of the day, they are a corporation. However, someone (public sector) should do something to change the actual situation because if we keep as we are, a digital divide will isolate us from the rest of the world.
We live in a digital world, where telecom infrastructures should be seen as utilities!