CapEx/user - what are the actual figures for hi speed broadband?
I believe the CapEx (capital expenditure) figures for rolling out hi speed broadband will vary substantially based on...
* the speed requirement (what speed do you really need - for the services that are used and will be used tomorrow?)
* the country in question (geography, population and cost level will heavily influence on the chosen roll out solution)
* the chosen technique (DSL, cable, fibre or mobile broadband)
I believe it is of utmost importance to have a solid grip on these factors and figures before jumping to roll out conclusions.
In Norway (where I come from) we have Europe's highest cost level, a geography with mountains and fjords, and large areas scarcely populated.
The CapEx per new subscriber (fibre) is averaging 6.000 Euro (!) - some are as high as 10.000 Euro per new user... - which for many operators lead to negative P&L figures. If settling for xDSL the comparable figure is some 1.000 Euro.
--> Does anyone have an overview of actual CapEx-figures for various (European) countries? I have a hard time finding such....?
Examples for CapEx/subscriber (fibre roll out) that I have obtained are ...:
* France - 800 Euro
* UK - £ 1200
* USA - $ 1.500
* a German 2010-report indicate a spread from Euro 600 and up to > 4.000 - depending urban/rural differences
I will touch on the "need for speed" issue in another blog entry...
See you in Brussels!