For my presentation at eComm 2008 in March, I searched out the cost and availability of 100 Mbps symmetric Internet Access in various locations. At that time (1Q08), the ranking and approximate monthly cost (in US $) was:
Image via WikipediaFor 9 Euros per month you actually get a quad play service: CATV + FTTB (FastEthernet 100 Mbps) + fixed voice + mobile with some hundreds of minutes included. The only catch is connectivity to the rest of the Internet is subject to congestion. Here's a mid-afternoon measurement between Bucharest and Frankfurt which shows 43 Mbps upstream, but less than half that downstream. Thanks to Catalin for the detail and the measurement.
Access to the right-of-way
It's interesting that the best deal is in Bucharest where there is open access to public rights-of-way, as I blogged last month.
The second best deal is in Stockholm where dark fiber is widely available to all comers. Stockholm's abundant dark fiber is mostly due to Stokab AB, a government sponsored corporation originally chartered in the mid-90s to install dark fiber and make it available at break even costs.