Japan came second, after South Korea, in terms of access to digital communications technology, while having the lowest monthly broadband prices, according to a report released Wednesday by the International Telecommunication Union.
Editor’s note: WWJ will try and get our hands on a copy of this report; the ranking would change, no doubt, if broadband access via mobile were considered. We strongly suspect Japan would still rank as one of the cheapest on a cost-per-megabyte for traffic basis, exclusive of content fee.
As regards fixed-line broadband: what a turn-around! In 2000 — just 6 years ago — Japan had the world’s highest combined ISP & telecom costs for consumer Net access, running (then) at US$67.12 for 20 hours’ use — and that was for dial-up, not broadband. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Japan’s Internet industry — mobile and fixed line — is anything but hypercompetitive!!