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1. Data gathering
a. A set of three operators per country has been chosen for comparison: the incumbent telecommunications operator, the largest cable provider (if there is cable coverage) and one alternative provider, if available, over DSL, cable or fibre.
b. Offers must be advertised clearly on the operator's website
c. All DSL, cable and fibre offers are recorded, but not used in calculations if speeds are lower than 256 kbits.
d. Offers are for month to month service
e. Offers should be available in the country's largest city – or in the largest regional city for firms with only regional coverage.
a. Speeds are those advertised by operators and likely do not correspond to typical throughput.
b. Some maximum speeds have been imputed when not explicitly stated based on technological limits of the installed technologies (e.g. New Zealand’s ADSL speeds).
a. Voice subscription charges: Prices include PSTN line rental charges when they can be separated out, if subscribers are required to have a PSTN line to subscribe to DSL (these prices are designated as “with line charge”). This also applies to offers where cable television service cannot be disaggregated, including cable and fibre-based services. Some offers do include phone and television service (triple-play) which cannot be disaggregated.
b. Prices which do not include PSTN line/cable television rental charge are also presented. These are designated as “no line charge”, and provide an alternative way to compare prices. As both sets of prices provide valuable information, both have been included in the comparison.
c. Modem rental: Prices include modem rental charges (when priced separately)
d. Term commitments: Prices do not include discounts for some longer-term commitments. In some countries, operators offer significant discounts to subscribers who commit for long periods. These longer-term subscribers can often comprise a large majority of all broadband subscribers in a country (e.g. in Korea it is possible to benefit from further discounts for commitments over 24 months). Only commitments of 24 months or less are included.
e. Free calling: Some plans offer a number of included phone calls as part of the broadband plan. If simple Internet access prices cannot be disaggregated then the calls are included in the price.
f. Preselection requirements: Prices do not include discounts for also choosing certain calling plans or preselection.
g. If a plan requires a certain amount of phone use (charges) per month then these are added into the basic Internet access price.
h. The pricing information is presented in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) terms, but is also available in USD exchange rates within the same Excel file.
4. Bit caps
a. Bit caps are given in megabytes per month
b. Bit caps are for all domestic and international traffic. However, in cases where national and international traffic are capped differently the bit caps are for international traffic.
c. Costs for additional traffic are given in price per additional megabyte.
d. When operators offer additional monthly traffic in different bundles the price reflects the lowest price per MB across offers.
e. Some operators have maximum excess charges per month which limits the total possible monthly cost of the connection.
f. When prices per additional megabyte are on a graduated scale the average of all prices is used.
g. Prices and bit cap measures do not take into account bandwidth offered during "happy hours".
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