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Study – UK Falls to Rank 96th Cheapest in the World for Broadband

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 (12:01 am) - Score 1,480
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The latest annual study from Cable.co.uk has tested fixed line broadband ISP packages from 223 countries (up from 219 last year) to create a global price comparison, which finds that the UK ranks 96th cheapest (down sharply from 76th), with an average monthly cost of $38.79 (£30.65) and that’s up from $34.19.

The research, which used data from 3,405 fixed broadband deals gathered between 7th September 2023 and 10th November 2023, also reported that the average package cost across the world as a whole came out as $55.89, which is down from $57.07 last year.

Otherwise, the Solomon Islands came out as the country with the most expensive average monthly broadband package cost at $457.84, while Sudan continued to deliver the cheapest on $2.40, albeit largely due to the collapse in value of the Sudanese Pound (SDG) against USD.

The 29 countries measured in Western Europe span the middle to the lower end of the table, with none in the top 50 cheapest places in the world to get broadband and two in the bottom 50. The regional average price of $50.01 makes it the seventh cheapest of the thirteen global regions overall. The cheapest in the region was Malta ($27.01, 63rd), followed by Italy ($30.97, 70th) and Spain ($31.99, 76th). The most expensive was the Faroe Islands ($83.86, 182nd), followed by the Norway ($80.18, 176th) and Iceland ($76.24, 172nd).

However, it’s important to reflect that the core ranking of this study doesn’t tell the whole story, not least because it cannot easily reflect the other differences between packages, such as in things like value-added extras (static IP addresses, different router quality, security features, unlimited vs capped data allowances etc.) and broadband speeds.

Doing a true apples-to-apples value comparison would be nightmarishly difficult and, arguably, might work better if weighted to reflect cost using Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). The application of PPP is important because there can be huge differences between countries in terms of things like taxation, size of the state and monthly salaries (i.e. $1 will go many times further in some countries than others).

Rank Name Average cost of broadband (Per month in USD) Average cost of broadband (Per Megabit per month in USD)
1 Sudan $2.40 $0.83
2 Argentina $5.17 $0.03
3 Belarus $7.03 $0.75
4 Ukraine $7.35 $0.04
5 Egypt $8.31 $0.17
6 Romania $8.60 $0.01
7 Vietnam $8.72 $0.04
8 Kazakhstan $9.08 $1.94
9 Moldova $9.19 $0.04
10 Nepal $9.51 $0.11
11 Zimbabwe $9.64 $0.38
12 Russian Federation $9.66 $0.02
13 India $9.73 $0.08
14 Bulgaria $10.47 $0.08
15 Iran $10.69 $5.13
16 Turkey $10.95 $0.11
17 Kyrgyzstan $11.04 $0.30
18 Azerbaijan $11.18 $0.96
19 Mongolia $12.55 $0.71
20 Republic of Congo $12.62 $0.12
21 Bangladesh $13.73 $0.36
22 Georgia $14.21 $0.89
23 Tunisia $15.01 $0.67
24 Serbia $15.36 $0.14
25 Kosovo $15.36 $0.31
26 Uzbekistan $15.43 $0.62
27 Pakistan $15.52 $0.53
28 Northern Macedonia $15.56 $0.22
29 Eswatini $15.90 $6.09
30 Latvia $16.59 $0.09
31 Lithuania $16.94 $0.04
32 Czechia $16.99 $0.18
33 Slovakia $17.12 $0.03
34 Tajikistan $17.42 $1.85
35 Tonga $17.66 $1.59
36 Poland $17.71 $0.03
37 Lao People’s Democratic Republic $17.87 $2.04
38 Armenia $18.21 $0.31
39 Albania $18.32 $0.23
40 Ethiopia $18.46 $2.02
41 China $18.81 $0.05
42 Libya $19.07 $4.48
43 Hungary $20.01 $0.06
44 Colombia $20.47 $0.03
45 Myanmar $20.56 $0.71
46 Bosnia and Herzegovina $20.72 $1.42
47 Algeria $20.80 $0.57
48 Brazil $21.18 $0.06
49 Paraguay $21.44 $0.11
50 Chile $21.86 $0.03
51 Nigeria $21.89 $0.72
52 Lebanon $21.91 $1.22
53 Croatia $21.94 $0.08
54 Thailand $22.56 $0.02
55 Liberia $24.00 $7.70
56 Taiwan $24.63 $0.28
57 Peru $24.86 $0.12
58 Venezuela $25.00 $0.22
59 Montenegro $25.04 $0.52
60 Sri Lanka $25.66 $3.26
61 Israel $25.80 $0.19
62 South Korea $25.99 $0.05
63 Malta $27.01 $0.05
64 New Caledonia $27.70 $0.44
65 Syria $27.74 $7.19
66 Indonesia $28.05 $0.41
67 Mayotte $28.36 $1.42
68 Cambodia $29.13 $1.17
69 Cuba $29.52 $11.99
70 Italy $30.97 $0.04
71 Estonia $31.21 $0.35
72 Mauritius $31.28 $0.44
73 Ecuador $31.42 $0.19
74 Malaysia $31.44 $0.09
75 Afghanistan $31.86 $15.80
76 Spain $31.99 $0.06
77 Portugal $32.10 $0.10
78 Guatemala $32.31 $0.38
79 Mexico $32.35 $0.26
80 Austria $32.67 $0.36
81 France $33.16 $0.06
82 Dominican Republic $33.51 $1.87
83 Sweden $34.05 $0.14
84 Suriname $34.35 $1.72
85 Togo $34.36 $0.47
86 Nicaragua $34.50 $1.70
87 Morocco $34.65 $1.16
88 Greece $34.86 $0.34
89 Philippines $35.55 $0.14
90 Germany $36.14 $1.04
91 Iraq $37.19 $0.47
92 Panama $37.67 $0.10
93 Finland $38.15 $0.20
94 Denmark $38.19 $0.30
95 Japan $38.27 $0.06
96 United Kingdom $38.79 $0.36
97 Bolivia $39.24 $0.77
98 Jordan $39.28 $0.16
99 Singapore $39.37 $0.03
100 Senegal $39.84 $2.11
101 Andorra $40.13 $0.07
102 Slovenia $40.29 $0.12
103 Puerto Rico $40.63 $0.27
104 Réunion $40.75 $0.03
105 Côte d’Ivoire $40.82 $0.70
106 Mali $40.82 $1.02
107 Åland Islands $42.69 $0.67
108 Martinique $42.69 $0.04
109 Ireland $42.80 $0.16
110 Cyprus $42.82 $1.14
111 Rwanda $43.22 $0.36
112 El Salvador $43.36 $0.35
113 Tanzania $43.44 $1.00
114 Belize $43.61 $0.86
115 Cape Verde $44.20 $1.18
116 Zambia $44.36 $3.52
117 Burkina Faso $44.74 $3.25
118 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines $45.51 $0.18
119 Brunei Darussalam $45.99 $0.34
120 Fiji $46.18 $2.68
121 Costa Rica $46.27 $2.99
122 The Netherlands $46.81 $0.22
123 San Marino $47.08 $0.26
124 Angola $47.52 $2.95
125 Kenya $47.73 $1.54
126 Jamaica $48.11 $0.30
127 South Africa $48.24 $0.50
128 New Zealand $48.60 $0.15
129 Guadeloupe $49.43 $0.36
130 Australia $52.21 $1.05
131 Uganda $52.59 $2.81
132 Luxembourg $52.93 $0.28
133 French Guiana $53.84 $0.24
134 Grenada $54.58 $0.16
135 Somalia $54.58 $42.42
136 Benin $55.11 $1.77
137 Uruguay $55.35 $0.09
138 Macau $55.85 $0.09
139 Madagascar $56.31 $0.56
140 Cameroon $56.88 $17.47
141 Ghana $57.65 $2.58
142 Namibia $57.75 $2.47
143 Honduras $58.00 $0.64
144 Canada $58.26 $0.66
145 Saint Martin (France) $58.35 $0.07
146 Belgium $58.40 $0.36
147 Turkmenistan $58.68 $21.11
148 Monaco $58.84 $0.13
149 St. Pierre and Miquelon $58.85 $0.49
150 Palestine (State of) $59.95 $0.39
151 Saint Lucia $62.35 $0.20
152 Liechtenstein $62.41 $0.19
153 Guyana $62.47 $1.69
154 Dominica $62.90 $0.21
155 United States $65.00 $0.08
156 French Polynesia $65.27 $8.80
157 Mauritania $65.66 $11.57
158 Trinidad and Tobago $66.53 $0.23
159 Bahrain $66.61 $0.50
160 Saint Helena $68.02 $44.28
161 Switzerland $68.38 $2.07
162 Isle of Man $68.58 $1.16
163 Guernsey $68.84 $1.11
164 Botswana $68.92 $7.76
165 Jersey $69.08 $0.11
166 Equatorial Guinea $69.40 $26.84
167 Kuwait $73.09 $0.46
168 Montserrat $73.63 $0.44
169 Gibraltar $74.86 $0.12
170 Maldives $75.58 $2.09
171 Sierra Leone $75.80 $14.50
172 Iceland $76.24 $0.20
173 Hong Kong $76.50 $0.39
174 Haiti $77.00 $1.43
175 Gabon $77.91 $0.57
176 Norway $80.18 $0.21
177 Niger $81.65 $52.05
178 Cook Islands $82.38 $10.58
179 Virgin Islands (U.S.) $82.45 $0.80
180 Curaçao $82.78 $0.33
181 Antigua and Barbuda $83.64 $2.44
182 Faroe Islands $83.86 $2.13
183 American Samoa $85.00 $2.84
184 Djibouti $85.53 $3.91
185 Sao Tome and Prencipe $85.78 $5.32
186 Saint Kitts and Nevis $85.96 $0.87
187 Lesotho $85.98 $1.31
188 Barbados $86.44 $0.16
189 Gambia $87.33 $4.19
190 Saudi Arabia $91.53 $0.24
191 Qatar $91.55 $0.06
192 Anguilla $91.57 $0.32
193 Marshall Islands $92.03 $142.88
194 Caribbean Netherlands $93.89 $2.52
195 Vanuatu $94.44 $9.50
196 Palau $95.37 $6.36
197 Oman $95.47 $0.30
198 Comoros $96.11 $62.46
199 Aruba $103.05 $0.44
200 Bahamas $103.81 $1.05
201 Micronesia (Federated States of) $107.25 $22.08
202 Timor-Leste $107.33 $19.80
203 Seychelles $108.51 $5.84
204 Greenland $114.60 $10.02
205 Sint Maarten $115.00 $5.90
206 Eritrea $116.66 $338.15
207 Bhutan $117.75 $6.83
208 Mozambique $118.26 $14.10
209 Samoa $133.53 $1.34
210 Saint Barthélemy (St. Barts) $134.56 $5.01
211 Guam $135.00 $1.60
212 Falkland Islands $139.74 $28.01
213 Christmas Island $141.85 $11.33
214 United Arab Emirates $142.65 $4.31
215 Cayman Islands $155.04 $0.57
216 Yemen $159.71 $29.92
217 British Indian Ocean Territory $167.33 $16.21
218 Congo (Democratic Republic of) $170.97 $2.96
219 Bermuda $185.00 $0.55
220 Virgin Islands (British) $189.00 $0.28
221 Turks and Caicos Islands $212.00 $0.84
222 Burundi $304.57 $116.66
223 Solomon Islands $457.84 $289.75
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  1. Avatar photo wireless pacman says:

    Presumably, the last column is per megabit per second, not per megabit?

    1. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Yes, that would be my assumption too, but then most people will probably understand that as being the only way broadband speed is typically measured (per second).

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