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Broadband prices around the world have dropped in recent times, according to new research.

The latest figures from market analyst Point Topic demonstrate that broadband subscribers have seen cheaper average prices for broadband via the three main technologies - cable, DSL and fibre - in the third quarter of 2008 compared to the first.

Looking at broadband via cable, it was found that in Western Europe prices have gone down while speeds have risen, whereas in the US speeds had also gone up, but so had prices.

According to IT news provider Ars Techinca, DSL is currently the most expensive way of getting connected: "Although the average worldwide costs paid each month by users of DSL and cable connections are almost identical now, the price per megabit is not.

"Around the globe, DSL remains far more expensive for the speed you get, but it has also shown the greatest drop in price."

The dropping of cable prices in Eastern Europe was noticeable - down 25 per cent over the first nine months of 2008.

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