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Global Residential Broadband Prices Continue to Fall During Q1 2013

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 (3:04 pm) - Score 825

Telecoms analyst Point Topic has reported that global prices for residential broadband ISP services and bundles are continuing to fall. The United Kingdom also remains one of the cheapest country’s in the world. Follow the link to see how we compare.

The average monthly charge for residential broadband services during Q1-2013 was $73.29 (£47.27 at today’s exchange rate) and the average bandwidth provided by residential services was 36.3Mbps (Megabits per second), which according to Point Topic means that the average global cost per megabit was just over $2 (£1.29) at the end of March 2013.

The slowest but most dominate copper-based broadband (ADSL etc.) services tend to be the most expensive at an average of $5.57 (£3.59) per Megabit of speed, while cable services (e.g. Virgin Media) charge $1.53 (£1) and the fastest fibre optic (FTTH etc.) based connections come out at even less on $1.14 (£0.74).

Point Topic also includes an interesting ranking of global countries, which shows which state offers the cheapest residential broadband services (cheapest at the bottom and most expensive at the top). The UK scores well with an average monthly price of $46 (£30).


It should be noted that PPP in this context stands for Purchasing Power Parity, which allows Point Topic to make direct comparisons of tariffs across the world by adjusting the local currency and exchange rate to make the buying power of $1 (PPP) in country A equal to $1 (PPP) in country B.

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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