Originally Posted by Morshu9001
No! To get more bandwidth, the networks have to expand. That involves laying more fiber optics. It can only happen in bursts. Also, as more people use bandwidth, it becomes more scarce. As more people use flash storage, it's just mass-produced more.
We aren't even nearly using the full capacity on the major intercontinental fibre links that already exist and fibre technology is becoming cheaper and cheaper. I've got a map of the worlds major links somewhere (unfortunately I can't find it right now) and it shows that only somewhere between 1/3 - 1/2 of the physical fibres in these links have been provisioned (i.e "lit").
When the telcos lay fibre they typically massively over-deploy and most of the costs aren't for the fibre itself, but for getting it in the ground/under the ocean.
I work in the webhosting industry and I know for a fact that bandwidth prices have dramatically decreased in the last few years. The price we pay per Mbit is about 1/5 what it was 5 years ago.
This price decrease is partly offset by the greater bandwidth requirements due to things like smartphones etc and the bandwidth requirements of streaming video.
What has increased recently (at least in my area of the world), is colocation costs in datacentres.
Originally Posted by Renzatic
It is cheaper nowadays, by quite a bit