Friday, November 9, 2018

Ukraine Offers the World’s Cheapest Broadband at $5.00 a Month

LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND — Ukraine offers the world’s cheapest broadband, with an average cost of USD 5.00 per month. The West African nation of Mauritania is the most expensive, with an average package price of $768.16, according to data from 3,303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries that were gathered and analyzed by Cable.co.uk with the assistance of international consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC between August 15 and September 20, 2018.

Four of the top six cheapest countries in the world are found in the former USSR (Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS), including the Russian Federation itself. Conversely, the United States has some of the most expensive broadband in the world, coming in 119th place with an average monthly package cost of $67.69.
Within Western Europe, Italy is the cheapest, with an average package price of $29.48 per month, followed by France ($31.14), Germany ($36.68) and Monaco ($37.00). The UK came in 5th cheapest out of 28 Western European nations (and 61st cheapest worldwide), with an average package price of $39.58 per month.
In the Near East region, war-ravaged Syria came in cheapest with an average monthly price of $13.00 per month (and ranked seventh overall), with Saudi Arabia ($95.72), Bahrain ($96.29), Qatar ($140.58), Oman ($150.63) and the United Arab Emirates ($157.10) providing the most expensive connectivity in the region.
Sri Lanka is the cheapest country in which to buy broadband in Asia (as well as second-cheapest globally) with an average package price of $5.65 per month, followed by Iran ($8.20) and Nepal ($16.47) – all three rank among the top 10 percent cheapest in the world. The Maldives ($81.55), Brunei Darussalam ($123.29) and Laos ($239.25) provide the most expensive package prices per month in the region.
Mexico is the cheapest country to buy a broadband deal in Central America, with an average broadband package cost per month of $33.32. Panama is the most expensive with an average package price of $108.38 per month.
In North America, Canada offers the cheapest broadband on average ($57.66), coming in 22 positions ahead of the United States globally ($67.69). Bermuda provides the most expensive packages in the region with an average price of $124.36 per month.
Saint-Martin (France) offers the cheapest broadband in the Caribbean, with an average package price of USD 23.78 per month, with the British Virgin Islands (USD 141.17), Cayman Islands (USD 158.69), Antigua and Barbuda ($177.15) and Haiti ($207.39) at the most expensive end, both regionally and globally.
Sub-Saharan Africa fared worst overall with almost all of its countries in the most expensive half of the table. Réunion, off the east coast of Madagascar, was the cheapest in the region, coming in 48th overall with an average package price of $35.45. Mauritania, meanwhile, charges residential users an average of $768.16 per month and is the most expensive in the world. Mali ($160.53), Tanzania ($181.80), Burkina Faso ($201.94) and Namibia ($383.83) join Mauritania as the most expensive countries in the region, and sit among the ten most expensive countries in the world.
11 of the 12 countries studied in Oceania were found in the most expensive half of the global table (Australia being the only exception).
Generally, larger landmasses such as Australia and New Zealand are cheaper than smaller islands states. Vanuatu ($138.54), Cook Islands ($171.34) and Papua New Guinea ($571.67) are the most expensive in the region, with the Papua New Guinea coming in second-most expensive in the world.
Despite significant year-on-year ups and downs in broadband pricing around the world, the average price of a broadband deal globally remains constant, dropping just 12 cents overall from $73.04 to $72.92, or around 1.64 percent, between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018.
In a previous report, Cable.co.uk analyzsed over 163 million broadband speed tests to rank 200 countries by the average internet speed they offer.

Commenting on the findings of the research internationally, Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said, “Despite many countries providing faster access year-on-year, and the price of broadband fluctuating – sometimes wildly – from country to country, on average the price of broadband worldwide remains largely unchanged, falling just 1.64 percent since the fourth quarter of 2017.

“In our worldwide broadband speed comparison, released earlier this year, similar disparities were apparent to those seen here. The countries with slow, patchy broadband infrastructure that supplies only a fraction of the population tend to be the most expensive. Likewise, those with exceptional, often full-fiber (FTTH) infrastructure supplying the majority of the population tend to be the cheapest, if not in absolute terms, certainly on a cost-per-megabit basis.

“The United States is a point of particular interest in this data set. As arguably the world’s most technologically advanced Western nation, its broadband is shockingly expensive compared to much of the world. In fact, it costs seven times as much to get a broadband deal in the United States as it does to get one in Russia, and over 64% more than it does in China. America’s broadband duopoly simply cannot compete with healthier, multi-provider marketplaces.

“As for the UK, with a healthy, open marketplace offering relatively cheap broadband deals to everyone, and so-called ‘superfast’ speeds available to around 96 percent of homes, the UK is doing rather well, sitting in the top third of cheapest countries and coming in a respectable fifth cheapest of the 29 countries in Western Europe.”

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