In the 3rd Quarter (Q3) of 2007, average residential downstream DSL speeds increased across the world, except in two regions, according to research by Point-Topic. Asia Pacific, Latin America, South East Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe all saw increased downstream DSL speeds. In North America & Canada and the Middle East & Africa, however, the speeds didn’t change.
The figure below shows the downstream speed of DSL in bps, across different regions of the world.
South & East Asia lead the pack, where downstream DLS speed increased by over 130%, primarily due to two operators – China Tietong and China Telecom. China Tietong has launched Broadband services (A1 – A7 Unlimited) with downstream speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 4 Mbps, and introduced the J1 Shared 100M VDSL service with a 100 Mbps downstream speed. China Telecom expanded its existing Home ASDL Unlimited range of services with downstream speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 2 Mbps.