2022 Study of broadband pricing in 220 countries reveals vast global disparities

Cable.co.uk has released a report listing what it found were the cheapest and most expensive countries and regions for broadband internet access all over the world.  The study was based on of 3,356 fixed-line broadband deals in 220 countries between 19 January 2022 and 30 March 2022.

  • Syria had the cheapest fixed-line broadband with an average monthly cost of $2.15 per month, which the report attributes to a collapse of the Syrian Pound (SYP) against the U.S. dollar.
  • Burundi was the most expensive with a whopping average package price of $429.95 per month.

Most expensive:

  • Burundi (average cost $429.95 per month)
  • Sierra Leone (average cost $316.69 per month)
  • Brunei Darussalam (average cost $258.42 per month)
  • Virgin Islands (British) (average cost $184.00 per month)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (average cost $170.50 per month)

Cheapest:

  • Syria (average cost $2.15 per month)
  • Sudan (average cost $4.80 per month)
  • Belarus (average cost $7.40 per month)
  • Ukraine (average cost $7.40 per month)
  • Russian Federation (average cost $8.07 per month)

Here are the monthly rates for several developed countries:  Germany = $27.81; France= $28.92; South Korea $29.54; Spain = $35.04; UK  = $39.01; Japan = $47.23; U.S. = $55.00; Australia – $59.42.

For regions, the most expensive to cheapest is:

  • North America (average cost $89.44 per month)
  • Oceania (average cost $85.14 per month)
  • Caribbean (average cost $78.44 per month)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (average cost $77.70 per month)
  • Near East (average cost $60.62 per month)
  • South America (average cost $55.17 per month)
  • Western Europe (average cost $49.25 per month)
  • Central America (average cost $43.87 per month)
  • Asia (Excl. Near East) (average cost $40.29 per month)
  • Northern Africa (average cost $22.41 per month)
  • Eastern Europe (average cost $19.90 per month)
  • Baltics (average cost $19.19 per month)
  • CIS (Former USSR) (average cost $13.96 per month)

“This year we have noticed a greater weighting towards currency devaluation in the top half of the table,” said Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk. “For example, first-place Syria, whose Syrian Pound has lost three-quarters of its value against the US dollar in the last 12 months. Island nations such as those in the Caribbean and Oceania continue to present problems when it comes to providing cheap, fast connectivity options. Those lucky enough to have an undersea cable running close by tend to be able to offer it, where others have to lean into pricier hybrid satellite, 4G and/or WiMAX solutions.

“It’s hard to see how more affordable connectivity for the general population will be coming anytime soon to those countries at the bottom of the table, plagued as they are with limitations that are geographical and geopolitical, and where there is a lack of desire in the marketplace for fixed-line broadband solutions.”

This year’s excluded countries are: Cocos (Keeling Islands), Central African Republic, Western Sahara, Guinea, British Indian Ocean Territory, Kiribati, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Malawi, Niger, Nauru, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Chad, Tuvalu, Vatican and Venezuela.

References:

https://www.cable.co.uk/broadband/pricing/worldwide-comparison/#speed

https://telecoms.com/514570/broadband-prices-ranked-uk-is-92nd-cheapest-in-the-world/

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